I was so struck by this comment of Merton, it became my prayer for the day even as I read it.
It can speak for itself…
Whatever I can give to God and to other men is only the effect and manifestation of the power of the Passion of Jesus. I would reply to His action, and let Him show Himself in my life. This He will do in a way I have expected and not expected; planned and not planned; desired and not desired.
~ Thomas Merton, February 18, 1953