Perseverance and Grace: Or, Why I Don’t Deserve a Damn Bit of Credit for my Life

This piece was a personal reflection on the givenness of my life and the beauty of submitting to the limits of the love of God. It includes one of my favorite quotes from a letter to Dorothy Day written by Thomas Merton:

Perseverance–yes, more and more one sees that it is the great thing. But there is a thing that must not be overlooked. Perseverance is not hanging on to some course which we have set our mind to, and refusing to let go. It is not even a matter of getting a bulldog grip on the faith and not letting the devil pry us loose from it–though many of the saints made it look that way. Really, there is something lacking in such a hope as that. Hope is a greater scandal than we think. I am coming to think that God loves and helps best those who are so beat and have so much nothing when they come to die that it is almost as if they had persevered in nothing but had gradually lost everything, piece by piece, until there was nothing left but God. Hence perseverance is not hanging on but letting go. That of course is terrible.

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