On October 19, 1968 Merton makes the trip from Bangkok to Calcutta, where he will participate in, and present at, the first Spiritual Summit Conference of the Temple of Understanding. The Temple of Understanding is an interfaith education and advocacy organization established in 1960 and still active today.
Merton shared this prayer with the conference...
O God, we are one with You
You have made us one with You.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts.
Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is in Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit.
Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome. Love is victorious. Amen.
--Thomas Merton AJTM p.318
Sunday Blessings... Rob
I am part and parcel of the whole and cannot find God apart from the rest of humanity.
— Mahatma Gandhi