|Ordination Day, May 1949, photograph of Thomas Merton|
This is the passage I like best:
"Yet a certain restraint seems to be the best thing about the Mass in our liturgy. The whole thing is so tremendous that no amount of exuberance will ever get you anywhere in expressing it. To bend down, unnoticed, and kiss the altar at the Supplices te rogamos [Humbly we pray to you] is a movement that lifts me out of myself and doubles my peace, and saying the Pater [Our Father] is like swimming in the heart of the sun." -Entering the Silence, p. 320-321I am reminded that this, pious as it is, is the ground from which Merton was able to write with such wisdom and authority - a total surrender to God.