Patricia Hofer

Merton describes the “wholly other” as “closer to us than any being.”

“The mystical knowledge of the Christian is not only an obscure knowledge of the invisible God. It is also an experience of God—a personal, loving encounter with the one who has revealed himself to us and saved us, in order to make us sharers in the dialogue of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. For it is surely in the Trinity of Persons that God appears to us most clearly as the “wholly other,” and, at the same time, as closer to us than any being.” (Thomas Merton, Contemplatives and the Crisis of Faith. Quoted from Light from Light 461.)

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