Good Friday Contemplation on Suffering

Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation

“Let no one hope to find in contemplation an escape from conflict,           from anguish or from doubt.”

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“. . . On the contrary, the deep, inexpressible certitude of the contemplative experience awakens a tragic anguish and opens many questions in the depths of the heart like wounds that cannot stop bleeding.”




“ . . . For every gain in deep certitude there is a corresponding growth of superficial ‘doubt.’ This doubt is by no means opposed to genuine faith, but it mercilessly examines and questions the spurious ‘faith’ of everyday life, the human faith which is nothing but the passive acceptance of conventional opinion.”

Thomas Merton – 1961


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Lupe and other campesinos in Zapotitlan del Rio, Oaxaca Mexico  -1991




The 2nd photo is of a mural titled “The Interpenetration of Two Cultures” and depicts the meeting of Cortez and Montezuma. Created by Jorge Gonzalez Camerena, and located at the National Museum of History, Castillo de Chapultepec – Mexico City. It was taken in 1982.

The 3rd and 4th photos were taken at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.


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