No Man Is An Island

To put it in plain language, it is hopeless to try to live your life in a cloister if you are going to eat your heart out thinking that nobody loves you. You have to be able to disregard that whole issue, and simply love the whole world in God, embracing all your brethren in the same pure love, without seeking signs of any affection from them and without caring whether or not you ever get any. If you think this is very easy, I assure you that you are mistaken.

–Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island, p. 157



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