Happy Birthday to Thomas Merton!

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

~Thomas Merton (1915 – 1968)

Thomas Merton

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4 comments on “Happy Birthday to Thomas Merton!

  1. I agree. But if the “end” is considered post death, then how is the average person supposed to devote themselves to the present — when their life is essentially a plan B?

    • trentonleach says:

      You may be misunderstand the use of “end” here. “End” is not our post-death state, but rather “end” as in “purpose” or “goal.” So if my “end” is pleasure, then all my actions will be aimed at attaining pleasure.

      • I understand what he means by it.

        My concern is for the people who interpret the “purpose” or “goal” to be the attainment of eternal life … and that all of their actions will aimed at attaining a goal that exists after death.

  2. trentonleach says:

    I see, so your concern is that people view the “end” of life as just “going to heaven when you die”? And so it devalues the present life, is that it?

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