The Shaping of a Life

"Your life is shaped by the ends you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire."
—Thomas Merton, from "Thoughts in Solitude"

Merton describes here one of the reasons for why I'm a Christian: Christianity selects the ends that I live for and the liturgies that shape my desires.

Ends and desires.

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4 thoughts on “The Shaping of a Life”

  1. Awesome :) Aside from just being good, I love the way this quote inverts the normal way we instrumentally consider 'means' and 'ends'. In really essential ways, our ends shape us more than we shape the world to our ends.

  2. I figured you had probably read it, considering your convictions and your vocation. It is one of my favorites as well. It has especially been helpful as I reflect on what contextualized practices and theology might look like here. Anyways, Merton's quote made me think of his book. Peace.

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