When Thomas Merton entered Gethsemani in 1941, the monastery was less than a hundred years old, founded by French monks who had emigrated to Kentucky in 1848. Merton’s early years at Gethsemani were like a journey into the Middle Ages. He wore heavy woolen robes, summer and winter; endured long fasts during Lent; nearly froze in the cavernous, unheated halls where the monks slept on straw.
This volume gathers together twelve essays that Thomas Merton wrote for various journals between 1947 and 1952, the years that saw the publication of his best-selling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, his ordination to the priesthood, and his initial appointment as spiritual and intellectual guide of the young monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani.
We invite members to participate in exploration of Merton’s thought by focusing on some of his individual writings together with other members. This may serve to help clarify his thought and deepen our understanding of his ideas, as well as to enhance our own spiritual development as Christian disciples and contemplatives in action. We will consider the spiritual, social and literary.
Thomas Merton was a humanist who was consistently writing about the importance for reason, balance and proportion in life. As a Catholic humanist, he affirmed the Catholic distinctive compassion and ethic of collaboration, while as the same time he affirmed the “authentic dignity” of human beings (Love 150). Merton believed that Karl Marx was committed to the dignity of human beings.
Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, was one of the greatest spiritual writers of the twentieth century. His published works include a hundred volumes in many genres. But, it was perhaps in the essay form that Merton found his natural element. This volume is the first to provide a broad cross-section of Merton's work as an essayist, collecting characteristic examples of his astonishing output and the.
Christ, Christianity, Creativity, God, Literature, Thomas Merton; 1 Comment; Excerpted from an essay which first appeared in 1960 in The American Benedictine Review. The creativity of the Christian person must be seen in relation to the creative vocation of the new Adam, mystical person of the “whole Christ.” The creative will of God has been at work in the cosmos since he said: “Let.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Roman Catholic priest, a Trappist monk, a social activist, and a poet. Author of the celebrated autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain,. Merton has been described as the most important American religious writer of the past hundred years. One of the notable characteristics of Merton's writing, both in poetry and in prose, was his seamless intermingling of.
The Literary Essays of Thomas Merton (New Directions Paperwork, 587) 68 copies The Springs of Contemplation: A Retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani 67 copies, 1 review Peace In The Post-christian Era 66 copies, 1 review.