this hit my Godspot today, via The Merton Institute:
Me, Jonas, My Child? Mercy within mercy within mercy. I have forgiven the universe without end, because I have never known sin.
"What was poor has become infinite. What is infinite was never poor. I have always known poverty as infinite: riches I love not at all. Prisons within prisons within prisons. Do not lay up for yourselves ecstasies upon earth, where time and space corrupt, where the minutes break in and steal. No more lay hold on time, Jonas, My son, lest the river bear you away.
What was fragile has become powerful. I loved what was most frail. I looked upon what was nothing. I touched what was without substance, and within what was not, I am."
Thomas Merton. The Sign of Jonas (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953): 362.