Those Who Do Not Belong

“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are deprived the status of persons… With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in the world… it is in these that he hides himself.”
Merton selected essays
Thomas Merton “The Time of No Room” in “Selected Essays” edited by Patrick F. O’Connell [Orbis Books, 2014)

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