Thomas Merton Quote

If the salvation of society depends, in the long run, on the moral and spiritual health of individuals, the subject of contemplation becomes a vastly important one, since contemplation is one of the indications of spiritual maturity. …You cannot save the world merely with a system. You cannot have peace without charity. You cannot have social order without saints, mystics, and prophets.

 ~A Merton Reader, ed. by Thomas P.  McDonnell, (New York: Image Books, 1989): 375

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