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The whole problem of our time is the problem of love How are we going to recover the ability to love ourselves and to love one another?We cannot be at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves and we cannot be at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with GodThere is a distinction between a contrite sense of sin and a feeling of guilt The former is a true and healthy thing the latter tends to be false and pathologicalThe man who suffers from a sense of guilt does not want to feel guilty but at the same time he does not want to be innocent He wants to do what he thinks he must not do without the pain of worrying about the conseuencesThe history of our time has been made by dictators whose characters often transparently easy to read have been full of repressed guilt They have managed to enlist the support of masses of men moved by the same repressed drives as themselvesModern dictatorships display everywhere a deliberate and calculated hatred for human nature as such The techniue of degradation used in concentration camps and in staged trials are all too familiar in our time They have one purpose to defile the human person

10 thoughts on “The Living Bread

  1. says:

    This is a profound explanation of the Holy Eucharist and is written for Catholics and non Catholics alike A very worthwhile read

  2. says:

    I know I would enjoy this alot if I were Catholic For what it was it made me want to become catholic if only to partake of the blessed sacrament

  3. says:

    Another book fair book but what a classicThomas Merton a favorite author of mine Brings a understanding of the Eucharist so That the average person can understand its mystery As Catholics we believe when we receive the Eucharist we receive the body of Christ The Holy Communion then it is not we who transform the Body of Christ into ourselves as happens with ordinary food He on the contrary assimilates us and transforms us into HIMSELF But how? by incorporation through charity in His Mystical Body While we eat the substance of the true Body of Christ under the sacramental species we ourselveves are eaten and absorbed by the Mystical Body of ChristWe become as it were perfectly part of that Body assimilated by it one with its spiritual organism