Thomas Merton. No Man Is An Island. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1955: 163.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Merton on Self-knowledge and Knowing God
Do you want to know God? Then learn to understand the weaknesses and imperfections of [others]. But how can you understand the weaknesses of others unless you understand your own? And how can you see the meaning of your own limitations until you have received mercy from God, by which you know yourself and Him? It is not sufficient to forgive others: we must forgive them with humility and compassion. If we forgive them without humility, our forgiveness is a mockery: it presupposes that we are better than they.
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