On Not Living for Your Own Pleasure

Fr. Thomas Merton

By: Fr. Thomas Merton

You cannot live for your own pleasure and your own convenience without inevitably hurting and injuring the feelings and the interests of practically everybody else you meet…most people more or less live for themselves and for their own interests and pleasures or for those of their own family or group, and therefore they are constantly interfering with one another’s aims, and hurting one another and injuring one another, whether they mean it or not.

Exerpt taken from the book- The Seven Storey Mountain, by: Fr. Thomas Merton

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2 Responses to “On Not Living for Your Own Pleasure”


  1. 1 Debbie Winn Norris August 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I need to read this slowly, two or three times, every morning before setting out into the world. It is so easy to allow your motivations, desires, and plans to become self serving instead of Christ serving.

  2. 2 Stephanie Niko August 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I experienced this recently when I set up a church architecture tour and almost no one from my church showed up. Someone told me they just weren’t interested in architecture. “And you think I’m so interested in all the things I attend?” I wanted to shout. “I go because I want to support the person, even if I’m not interested in the specifics of what they’re doing.” But I didn’t say that. I often don’t show up to support others. I always have an excuse. I’m too busy with my writing. I’m tired. Me, me, me. Being on the opposite side and not having friends support me was hurtful but it was a good reminder to be there for others.


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