I stand before you tonight to represent the people who do not count

“I stand before you tonight to represent the people who do not count: The poor, the poets, and monks. As long as there are people who are trying to realize the divine in themselves, there shall be hope in the world.”

—Thomas Merton, Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, writer, social activist, and student of comparative religion. These words were given at the closing of an interfaith conference held in Calcutta in 1968 a few days before Merton passed on.

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