Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thomas Merton, great Christian pacifist

The race situation is certainly ugly and out of hand, and I see it as pretty hopeless. But it was to be expected. Too bad it tends to nullify all the good work and all the sacrifice of Martin Luther King and his followers. But if the country insists on practicing terrorism in Viet Nam then it deserves to get a taste of it at home. Only the ones who get it aren't the ones who deserve it.

Thomas Merton to James Laughlin, letter, August 1, 1967. From Thomas Merton and James Laughlin: Selected Letters (W. W. Norton & Co., 1997), p. 326 [italics mine]

GKC on Christmas

At Enchiridion.