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merton31During yesterday’s bedside experience (see post) I spontaneously drew on religious practices which are available to everyone. The monk-scholar Thomas Merton (1915-1968) thought deeply about interfaith dialogue and action. In 1961 he writes:

“I believe that the only really valid thing that can be accomplished in the direction of world peace and unity at the moment is the preparation of the way by the formation of men [and women] who … are able to unite in themselves and experience in their own lives all that is best and most true in the various great spiritual traditions.

 

“Such men [and women] can become as it were ‘sacraments’ or signs of peace, at least. Our task is one of very remote preparation, a kind of arduous and unthanked pioneering.”

source:  Rob Pollock’s blog; my italics.  

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