Thomas Merton: A letter to a Young Activist

This letter speaks such truth and may be a comfort to those of you out there that feel your voice is too small to make a difference. It is serving Christ that is the true work of bringing forth God’s kingdom.


Below, you’ll find a short letter Thomas Merton wrote to a young activist. I think it says a lot, not just about work in advocacy and activism, but also idealism and the hopes many of us try to live out (as hard as that may be sometimes), for a better world.   Thomas Merton speaks with a timeless, prophetic voice, one that inspires and comforts me.  I share this letter he wrote hoping that you too will feel his words in your heart.

Letter To a Young Activist     

“Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this…

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