"My Lord, I have no hope
but in Your Cross. You by Your humility, and sufferings and
death, have delivered me from all vain hope. You have killed the
vanity of the present life in Yourself, and have given me all that is
eternal in rising from the dead..........
Let my trust be 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 you,
everything will be to my destruction."
from: Thomas Merton's "Thoughts In Solitude"