My hope is in what the eye has never seen. Therefore, let me not trust in visible rewards. My hope is in what the heart of man cannot feel. Therefore, let me not trust in the feelings of my heart. My hope is in what the hand of man has never touched. Do not let me trust what I can grasp between my fingers. Death will loosen my grasp and my vain hope will be gone.Let me trust in your mercy, not in myself. Let my hope be in your love, not in health or strength or ability or human resources. If I trust you, everything else will become for me, strength, health and support. Everything will bring me to heaven. If I do not trust in you, everything will be my destruction.
- Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude, p.40.