Love Is Our True Destiny

Fr. Thomas Merton (photo by Jim Forest, November 1964)

By: Fr. Thomas Merton

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone—we find it with another. We do not discover the secret of our lives merely by study and calculation in our own isolated meditations. The meaning of our life is a secret that has to be revealed to us in love, by the one we love. And if this love is unreal, the secret will not be found, the meaning will never reveal itself, the message will never be decoded. At best, we will receive a scrambled and partial message, one that will deceive and confuse us. We will never be fully real until we let ourselves fall in love–either with another human person or with God.

Excerpt taken from the book- Love and Living, by: Thomas Merton

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1 Response to “Love Is Our True Destiny”


  1. 1 Matthew the Wayfarer October 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I love the early Thomas Merton but after he left the monastery and became influenced by ‘the world’ no, not so much. His death, accidental or not, perhaps was a Blessing. LORD have mercy on him.


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