the imperfection of life

“If we are too anxious to find absolute perfection in created things we cease to look for perfection where alone it can be found: in God. The secret of the imperfection of all things, of their inconsistancy, their fragility, their falling into nothingness, is that they are only a shadowy expression of the one Being from Whom they receive their being.

If we are too eager to have everything, we will almost certainly miss even the one thing we need. Happiness consists in finding out precisely what the “one thing necessary” may be, in our lives, and in gladly relinquishing all the rest.”

-Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island, chapter 7

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