Of Mysticism and Social Justice: Beatitudes Born of Magnificat

Beatitudes Born of Magnificat ©Alfred Eaker 2018

“We have to make ourselves heard. Christians have a grave responsibility to protest clearly and forcibly against trends that lead inevitably to crimes which the Church deplores and condemns. Ambiguity, hesitation and compromise are no longer permissible. War must be abolished. A world government must be established. We have still time to do something about it, but the time is rapidly running out.”

Thomas Merton, Peace in the Post-Christian Era

Of Mysticism and Social Justice: Christ Casting Avarice From The Temple

Christ Casting Avarice From The Temple ©Alfred Eaker 2018

“I came into the world.  Free by nature, in the image of God. I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born.  That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God, and yet hating him; born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers.”

Thomas Merton, excerpt from Seven Storey Mountain (read by Pope Francis in his address to congress)

Of Mysticism And Social Justice: Feeding Of The 5000

Feeding Of The 5000 © Alfred Eaker 2018

“Our vocation is not simply to be, but to work together with God in the creation of our own life, our own identity, our own destiny … To put it better, we are even called to share with God the work of creating the truth of our identity … The seeds that are planted in my liberty at every moment, by God’s will, are the seeds of my own identity, my own reality, my own happiness, my own sanctity.”

Thomas Merton, The Sign of Jonas