Thomas Merton

Certainly our life is full of real problems, some of them perhaps without solution. It would be an impertinence to suggest that all our problems are fabricated. And yet we are so obsessed with the idea that we are supposed to possess “answers” and “solutions” for everything that we evade the difficult problems, which are all too real, by raising other less real problems to which we think we have the answer.

The naked faith that enables us to bear the apparent futilities and failures of ordinary life is not made stronger or more pure when it is clothed in facile explanations. Pious rationalizations which pretend to justify “the ways of God to men” often generate more doubt than courage and distract our hearts from the difficult labor of freely accepting what we actually are.”

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