Robert Stewart, the editor, addresses the reader. I place an excerpt here.
"Remember Thomas Merton's famous letter to peace activist James Forest, in the 1960's, in which Merton counsels Forest to worry less about seeing results from his work and to think more of the intrinsic value of the work itself. "You gradually struggle less for an idea," Merton wrote, "and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything."