Thomas Merton Essential Writings

ISBN-10: 1570753318

ISBN-13: 9781570753312

Edition: 2000

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Description: Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and author, remains one of the most influential spiritual guides of the twentieth century. This work contains a selection of his best writings.

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 12/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 191
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University. His parents, nominally friends, had given him little religious guidance, and in 1938, he converted to Roman Catholicism. The following year he received an M.A. from Columbia University and in 1941, he entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where he remained until a short time before his death. His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" (1948); there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2:00 a.m. As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by. Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression. Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968.

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Acknowledgments
Thomas Merton's Life and Work: A Brief Overview
Preface
Introduction: Awakening the Heart
A Call to Contemplation
Awake in the Dark
The Interior Journey
At Liberty to Be Real
Seeds of Contemplation
Fully Awake, Fully Aware
Le Point Vierge
A New Birth
A Life Free from Care
Silence and Solicitude
A Simple Way of Prayer
Contemplation in a World of Action
Living Contemplatively
A Call to Compassion
A Transforming Vision
From Vision to Mission
A Season of Fury
The Roots of Hate and Violence
We Are One
Faith and Violence
The Way of Nonviolence
A Letter to a Peacemaker
Merton's Prayer for Peace
A Call to Unity
Merton's Own Vocation to Unity
Keeping Faith
One Body
At One in Spirit
Genuine Ecumenism
From Communication to Communion
Between East and West
Spiritual Ways to Unity
United in Prayer
Epilogue
He is Risen
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