Thomas Merton's Ambition? "To Be What I Already Am."

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March 29 2009 1:49 PM

Thomas Merton's Ambition? "To Be What I Already Am."

"Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself."-- Thomas Merton, Journal , October 2, 1958

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