Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Silent Life

The Silent Life

Thomas Merton

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

BUY THE BOOK

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, is privileged to know that life on the inside . . . who seeks only to speak as the mouthpiece of a tradition centuries old." It is a remarkable work-one that combines a lucid and informative description of the nature and forms of monasticism, communal and solitary, with a passionate defense of the contemplative's quest for God. The intense beauty of Merton's meditation, radiating from beneath its surface calm, makes The Silent Life a classic of its kind.

I
THE MONASTIC PEACE
1. Puritas Cordis [Purity of Heart]
We have defined a monk as a man who leaves everything else in order to seek God. But this definition is not going to mean much unless we also define the search for God. And that is...

Reviews from Goodreads

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, is perhaps the foremost spiritual thinker of the twentiethcentury. His diaries, social commentary, and spiritual writings continue to be widely read after his untimely death in 1968.

Thomas Merton

Learn more about Thomas Merton

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Latest on Facebook

LATEST ON TWITTER