To Be Born Again is Not to Become Someone Else (Thomas Merton Quote)

To Be Born Again is Not to Become Someone Else (Thomas Merton Quote)

Thomas merton quote to be born again

“There is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal, for liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken in ourselves a force which really changes our lives from within. And yet the same instinct tells us that this change is a recovery of that which is deepest, most original, most personal in ourselves. To be born again is not to become somebody else, but to become ourselves.”

by Thomas Merton

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  1. Dilys 5 years ago

    Thanks Polly! That’s a precious thought and I love the photos too. Bless you for sharing!

  2. Joan Lazarus 5 years ago

    I really like Thomas Merton’s writings. Thank you for posting this quote. This was an idea that had come to me earlier this week. Glad to have these words to describe that.

  3. Liz 5 years ago

    I love Thomas Merton!!

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