"In order to be perfectly what God wants us to be we must be truly ourselves. But in order to be truly ourselves we must find ourselves in Christ--which can only be done if we lose ourselves in Him. This is our great vocation."
- Thomas Merton, 20th century Trappist monk, from his book Seeds of Contemplation
(Painting: "Triptych with Crucifixion," by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostanen, c.1510)