Thomas Merton on Resting in God's Will


My chief care should not be to find pleasure or success, health or life or money or rest or even things like virtue and wisdom--still less their opposites, pain, failure, sickness, death. But in all that happens, my one desire and my one joy should be to know: "Here is the thing that God has willed for me. In this His love is found, and in accepting this I can give back his love to him and give myself with it to Him. For in giving myself I shall find Him and He is life everlasting.  
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

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