Do not be quick to assume…

Published August 1, 2020 by admin in Uncategorized

“Do not be quick to assume your enemy is a savage just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage. Or perhaps he is afraid of you because he feels that you are afraid of him. And perhaps if he believed you were capable of loving him he would no longer be your enemy.

Do not be quick to assume that your enemy is an enemy of God just because he is your enemy. Perhaps he is your enemy precisely because he can find nothing in you that gives glory to God. Perhaps he fears you because he can find nothing in you of God’s love and God’s kindness and God’s patience and mercy and understanding of the weaknesses of men.

Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God, for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice, your mediocrity and materialism, your sensuality and selfishness that have killed his faith.”

Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation


“No se apresure a suponer que su enemigo es un salvaje solo porque él es su enemigo. Quizás él es su enemigo porque cree que usted es un salvaje. O tal vez le tiene miedo porque siente que usted le tiene miedo. Y quizás si él creyera que eres capaz de amarlo, ya no sería tu enemigo.

No se apresure a suponer que su enemigo es enemigo de Dios solo porque él es su enemigo. Quizás él sea tu enemigo precisamente porque no puede encontrar nada en ti que le dé gloria a Dios. Quizás te teme porque no puede encontrar nada en ti del amor de Dios y la bondad de Dios y la paciencia y misericordia de Dios y la comprensión de las debilidades de los hombres.

No se apresure a condenar al hombre que ya no cree en Dios, porque tal vez sea su propia frialdad y avaricia, su mediocridad y materialismo, su sensualidad y egoísmo lo que ha matado su fe.”

Thomas Merton, Nuevas Semillas de Contemplación