The always-thoughtful Andrew Sullivan continues his exploration of Buddhism. Here he is on Thomas Merton:

I think a conversation between Christians and Buddhists – the project Merton was intent on before he died – is one of the more important conversations of our time.

Merton was truly one of the great religious thinkers of our time, taken from us too early. Here he is on getting through difficult times:

Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone.