NYONE WHO UNDERTAKES TO BE A MONK knows by the very fact of his vocation, that he is summoned by God to a difficult, life-long work in which there will always be anguish and great risk. If he evades this work, under any pretext whatever (even under the pretext of conforming to an exterior ritual or ascetic observance which does not really suit his inner needs), he must know that he cannot have peace with himself or with God because he is trying to silence the deepest imperative of his own heart. . . .
In liberating himself, he becomes able to show others the way to the same liberty because his life bears witness to a supreme liberty and enables them to know it, obscurely, and to burn with its desire.”
-Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience.
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