We can no longer rely on being supported by structures that may be destroyed at any moment by a political power or a political force. You cannot rely on structures. The time for relying on structures has disappeared. They are good and they should help us, and we should do the best we can with them. But they may be taken away, and if everything is taken away, what do you do next?

Thomas Merton
The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton (New York: New Directions, 1973), p. 338.
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One thought on “Thomas Merton on Not Relying on Religious Structures

  1. This quotation is from a talk that Thomas Merton gave at a conference the day he died, in Bangkok, December 1968.