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Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition. Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. His work continues to be widely read to this day.

Thomas Merton

The Hidden Ground of Love

Thomas Merton; Selected and Edited by William H. Shannon
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is the most admired of all American Catholic writers. His journals have recently been published to wide acclaim.

The collection of Merton's letters in The...

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Seasons of Celebration

Thomas Merton
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This work, originally inspired by the liturgical renewal brought on by Vatican II, contains Thomas Merton's meditations on the seasons of the liturgical year. He examines the words, songs, ceremonies,...

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Survival or Prophecy?

Thomas Merton and Jean Leclercq; Edited by Brother Patrick Hart; Foreword by Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Introduction by Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland.

Two monks in conversation about the meaning of life and the nature of solitude.

Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk...

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A Vow of Conversation

Thomas Merton; Edited by Naomi Burton Stone
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The journal kept by Merton during 1964 and 1965, containing his daily meditations during the crucial and difficult period in which the permission he had awaited so long -- to live alone in his hermitage...

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The Silent Life

Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton wrote The Silent Life a decade after he took orders. In his Prologue, Merton describes the book as "a meditation on the monastic life by one who, without any merit of his own,...

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The New Man

Thomas Merton
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The New Man shows Thomas Merton at the height of his powers and has as its theme the question of spiritual identity. What must we do to recover possession of our true selves? By way of an...

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Thoughts In Solitude

Thomas Merton
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Thoughtful and eloquent, as timely (or timeless) now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet...

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Mystics and Zen Masters

Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton was recognized as one of those rare Western minds that are entirely at home with the Zen experience. In this collection, he discusses diverse religious concepts-early monasticism, Russian...

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Witness to Freedom

Thomas Merton
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Witness to Freedom is the fifth and final volume in the extraordinary correspondence of "one of the most original and challenging minds of the mid-twentieth century" (John Tracy Ellis, The...

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The Courage for Truth

Thomas Merton
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From 1948 until his death in 1968, Thomas corresponded with writers around the world, sharing with them his concerns about war, violence and repression, racism and injustice, and all forms of human...

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The Springs of Contemplation

Thomas Merton
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In the Sixties, Merton invited a group of contemplative women -- cut off by inflexible rules from any analysis of important movements in the Church and the world -- to make a retreat with him at...

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The School of Charity

Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick Hart
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

As the third volume in the series including The Hidden Ground of Love (1985) and The Road to Joy (1989), this collection features Thomas Merton's letters to members of religious communities...

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The Road to Joy

Thomas Merton; Edited by Robert Daggy
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The second volume of Thomas Merton's letters is devoted to his correspondence with friends -- relatives and family friends, longtime friends, special friends, young people he regarded as new friends,...

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The Nonviolent Alternative

Thomas Merton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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The writings in this work were precipitated by a variety of events during the last decades of Merton's life - the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s among them. His timeless moral integrity...

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Seeds of Destruction

Thomas Merton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world...

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The Living Bread

Thomas Merton
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The whole problem of our time is the problem of love. How are we going to recover the ability to love ourselves and to love one another?

We cannot be at peace with others because we are not...

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Love and Living

Thomas Merton; Edited by Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is the most admired of all American Catholic writers. His journals have recently been published to wide acclaim.

Love and Living is a posthumously published...

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Disputed Questions

Thomas Merton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Thomas Merton (1915-68) is the most admired of all American Catholic writers. His journals have recently been published to wide acclaim.

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