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The Deacon's Bench

mert.jpeg“There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world. There is not an act of kindness or generosity, not an act of sacrifice done, or a word of peace and gentleness spoken, not a child’s prayer uttered, that does not sing hymns to God before his throne, and in the eyes of men, and before their faces.”

Thomas Merton, “The Seven Storey Mountain.” 
 Merton entered the monastery on December 10, 1941.
He died on December 10, 1968. 
  
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord …

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