"By the vow of stability the life of the monk is rooted in peace. He is protected against his natural restlessness. He is reminded that he does not need to travel across the face of the earth to find God. He is reassured of the fact that he no longer lives a life that can be contained within the limits of measured space. His journeys are no longer spatial but spiritual, and his ascent to God is, in fact, a descent into the depths of his own humility. It is clear also that the monk's 'stability' is not made in an earthly place so much as in a spiritual family."  

- Thomas Merton (1915-1968) -