Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone.
Thomas Merton
This one is incredible!  It speaks to the reality of life, of lives lived.  It speaks of the silence of God, our humanity, our trials, our conflicts, our relationships. 
Real people suffer, real people fall, real people cry, real people’s hearts sometimes turn to stone, and real people sometimes find prayer impossible.  And the result of all of this?  With humility and perseverance…..prayer and love are learned!  Thank you Thomas Merton!