"They break in upon our cares in order to remind us that all things pass away and that our preoccupations are not important.
"They speak to us of our freedom, which responsibilities and transient cares make us forget.
"They are the voice of our alliance with the God of heaven.
"They tell us that we are His true temple. They call us to peace with Him within ourselves."
- Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude, 67