Trappist monk, author 1915-1968

Thomas Merton

To "be perfect" [i.e. be holy] then is not so much a matter of seeking God with ardor and generosity, as of being found, loved, and possessed by God, in such a way that his action in us makes us completely generous and helps us to transcend our limitations and react against our own weakness. 

We become saints not by violently overcoming our own weakness, but by letting the Lord give us the strength and purity of his Spirit in exchange for our weakness and misery...If we believe that he loves us not because we are worthy but because we need his love, then we can advance with confidence...We must therefore begin by believing that God is our Father.

Life and Holiness, page 31

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