And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept. Not that we discover a new unity. We discover an older unity. My dear brothers, we are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.
What we have to be is what we are.
from “Informal talk delivered at Calcutta, October 1968”
The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, 1973