The price of connection is pain…A full life will be full of pain. But the only alternative is not to live fully or not to live at all. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled
Merton proposes that joy is the easiest thing in the world to possess.
He who will, in the long run, be satisfied with nothing less than perfection, will also be delighted with the first feeble, stumbling effort you make tomorrow to do the simplest duty. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Merton explains how it is not material things that are evil, but rather our false self that forges sinful relationships with them.
Hannah Whitall Smith describes the higher Christian life and how to enter it
Can God be proud? How does He feel when we take credit for His work?