Whilst waiting in the dentist for my appointment today I took the opportunity to read a few pages of The Pocket Thomas Merton. It’s a handy little book I keep in my pocket and has quotes and passages from Merton’s writings. The following quote, from his New Seeds of Contemplation, was one that I thought was rather appropriate for Lent and gives good food for thought:
It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God’s will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you – try to share some of their poverty and see if you accept it as God’s will yourself!