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Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic.

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That cited Dorothy Day & Thomas Merton as egs of American Catholicism is a big deal. They're rad.
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I would like to mention four of great Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.
To consider persons & events & situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hel…
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You should read some of Sr. Joan Chittister.She has a lot of great thoughts on contemplative prayer. Thomas Merton-wonderful guy
Pope Francis praised "the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton."
Wonderful to hear Pope Francis praising our alum Thomas Merton in his speech to US Congress ystrday!
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -- Thomas Merton
Gratifying to hear Pope Francis introduce Thomas Merton to a wider audience.
name-checks Lincoln, Dorothy Day, MLK, Thomas Merton as "representatives of the American people" in speech to C…
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3/ Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. I can't live up to any of their ideals. I'm a total failure. But their prophetic voic…
Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton were the people who drew me to Catholicism in the first place. continues to impress.
Thomas Merton, praised by the pope, said Wallace used National Guard like Hitler used the SS. http:…
This is the new evangelization. How many are learning about the deep wisdom of Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton tonight? … featured in NBC s Science of Love
In his autobiography Thomas Merton he wrote: “I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was...
Speaks of "the contemplative style of Thomas Merton." Long live the contemplative style of Pope Francis!
"May God prevent us from becoming 'right-thinking men' -- that is to say, men who agree perfectly with their own police." - Thomas Merton
“Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism.” . ~ Thomas Merton
The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. –Thomas Merton
Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already I am. Thomas Merton
Pope praises Dorothy Day, Apostle of the Poor and Thomas Merton, Apostle of Dialogue. Amen.
Thomas Merton on chant. . "This is what I think about the Latin and the chant: They are masterpieces, which offer...
not that he seeks a happy life or escape, the answer is that he seeks mercy? The mercy of God
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Thomas Merton, praised by Pope Francis, had some thoughts for white liberals back in 1963.
Pope Francis’s speech made reference to Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Here’s who they were:
Dorothy Day was once told by Cardinal Spellman not to call her group "Catholic." And Thomas Merton was once silenced. Re…
If the Pope is down with Thomas Merton then I am down with the Pope.
Who was the Trappist monk Pope Francis held up for all Americans today?.
The story of Thomas Merton, who the pope held up as a model of peace
Thomas Merton photos on exhibit from September 26 – November 4 at Nazareth College -
I love beer, and by that fact, the world”: The Humor of Thomas Merton. - Paul Pearson 1:30 Sat. - Nazareth College
president lincoln, Martin Luther King jr, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton!
Please come to Bellarmine University, the home of Thomas Merton!
If you just found out who Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton are, you didn't hang out with me in college.
Lexington Herald Leader Pope praises Kentucky monk Thomas Merton in front of Congress Lexington…
1/2: CNN’s Amanpour: The Pope chose to highlight Thomas Merton who was a tolerant leader of social justice...
Serves social Justice like Dorothy Day and dialogues for peace and is open to the love of God as Thomas Merton
the story is WHO the Pope spoke about to congress... King, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and Lincoln. Social justice "warriors" all
Seven Storey Mountain was fun to read in college, but I still don't get Thomas Merton.
People headed to research Thomas Merton after Pope's speech. It's not every day my required college reading makes the cultural mainstream.
and persues social justice like Dorthy Day while in contemplation like Thomas Merton (just completing the story
Promotes social justice as Dorothy Day and dialogue/openness to God via the contemplative as Thomas Merton
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Common thread running through Lincoln, MLKJr, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton: quest for fullness of humanity: equality, justice, dignity of all
Pope invokes 'liberty' of Ab Lincoln, 'dreams' of MLK, 'justice' of Dorothy Day & 'faith' of Thomas Merton in gr8tness of America.
When it strives justice for the oppressed like Dorothy Day and sows peace in the style of Thomas Merton. May this spirit of continue to grow
"Lincoln: liberty; MLK: liberty in plurality; Dorothy Day: social justice; and Thomas Merton: the capacity for d…
picked Lincoln for liberty, MLK for helping the oppressed, Dorothy Day for social justice, Thomas Merton for faith.
Pope praises Lincoln, MLK Jr., Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton for devotion to "liberty in plurality & non-exclusion" "soci…
and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and o…
Article on the Marian poetry of Thomas Merton and Gerard Manley Hopkins from two months ago, appropriate for today:
Abba Moses the Black: One of my favorite books is the Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton. It recounts some ...
Join us for the launch of Michael McGregor's new biography of Robert Lax, poet/friend-and-familiar of Thomas Merton
Our real journey in life is interior...~Thomas Merton
"Dorothy Day was considered a Communist; Thomas Merton, a subversive. Time has shown them to be prophets."
The contestants on didn't know who Thomas Merton was.
We cannot even look for [God] unless we have already found him, and we cannot find him unless he has first found us. - Thomas Merton
how am I *harboring* her? Is she on the legacy of Thomas Merton and photography as a FB user, you have to make it through! maybe?
‘We can hope in Him knowing that He loves us...let us place all our hope in His love itself’ Thomas Merton
"Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice." ~ Thomas Merton
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. ~Thomas Merton
"If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study *** . . ~~Thomas Merton
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?. ~Thomas Merton
Love this quote from Thomas Merton... You shine like the sun! Did you know that?
“But there is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.”. ― Thomas Merton
There' s only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be. - Thomas Merton
Thanks be to God for the life of Thomas Merton and Meg Hunter-Kilmer...Modern day saints of our time!👼
"Anxiety is in the Mark of spiritual insecurity. "Thomas Merton
''There is a pervasive form of modern violence to which the idealist easily succumbs: activism and over-work.'' Thomas Mer…
Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage & know-how. Thomas Merton
Wind and sun. Catbird bickering in a bush. Trees are all clothed and benches are out, and a new summer has begun. ~ Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book. no
"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone; we find it with another." - Thomas M…
"Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica" ~ Thomas Merton
Silence is the first language of God. - Thomas Merton (thanks to Jack Clough for this quote)
"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul." ~Thomas Merton
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. Thomas Merton. http:/…
“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.” - Thomas Merton.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth
Fr Robert Barron on the influence of Thomas Merton
"If the you of five years ago doesn't consider you of today a heretic, you aren't growing spiritually"-Thomas Merton
A presentation of the life of Thomas Merton will be live-streamed in Cintas center classrooms 202 on Friday from 7-9 pm. RSVP to Jane Myers
How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own journey if you take the road to another man's city? . Thomas Merton
Wish I could be there! “Thomas Merton spiritual retreat for women set April 24 in Harbeson
and get some sense, for a moment, that we are full of paradise without knowing it”. - Thomas Merton, at Gethsemani, in Trappist, KY
a very strong "Yeah they are!" Then we talked about Pax Christi/Thomas Merton because I am predictable.
Thomas Merton is One of my favorite authors. Thanks for sharing.
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all living things. ~ Thomas Merton
The risen life is not easy: it is also a dying life. ~ Thomas Merton
"In humility is the greatest freedom. As long as you have to defend the imaginary self, you lose your peace of heart." . -Thomas Merton
I will no longer wound myself with the thoughts and questions that have surrounded me like thorns-Thomas Merton
William Van Ornum of Marist College explains why he is "haunted" by Thomas Merton
"... Your mediocrity and materialism, your sensuality and selfishness that have killed his faith." - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton. put it, “A saint is not someone who is good but. who experiences the goodness of God.”
Anyone out there never read anything by Thomas Merton? If you are a member of that club then you are shortchanging yourself.
...I will already have surpassed myself.' - Thomas Merton
A brief hour-long stop at the Abbey of Gethsemani where Thomas Merton lived before heading back to…
"Pride makes us artificial and makes us real." Thomas Merton ~
Having class at a professors house, outside, under a tree house, talking about Thomas Merton, with a cup of coffee in hand. Complete joy.
God defend me from the stuffy academic language and jargon. Let me write words that build. ~Thomas Merton
VIDEO: Thomas Merton's work resonates still, 100 years after his birth. KET travels to at
"A right intention aims only at right action.". - Thomas Merton
Why Busy Christians Need to Learn from Thomas Merton, latest blog
♦Perhaps I am stronger than I think. ~ Thomas Merton | RT
On page 146 of 526 of Entering the Silence, by Thomas Merton
"In humility is the greatest freedom." -Thomas Merton RT
“The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not something to be known and studied, it is to be lived.” . -Thomas Merton
:Last thing ... you know that Catholic-born Thomas Merton was on his way to converting to Buddhism before his death, right?
“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved.”. —Thomas Merton”
“What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God." ~Thomas Merton
Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire. - Thomas Merton
"Thomas Merton once said that the only way to be a good Christian now is to practise Buddhism.".
Everyone please start reading books by Thomas Merton!
"And the Van Goghs, wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation." - Thomas Merton
Let change come quietly and invisibly. (Thomas Merton) So much for Gandhi’s “be the change you want to see.”
Reminds me of Poem by Carmelite monk Thomas Merton 'Original Child' 40+ verses & horrors of Enola *** Must Read
. Otherwise we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.". - Thomas Merton
As Thomas Merton writes; Nomen meum eructavit caritas ex profundis (Love uttered my name from the depths).
Author Thomas Merton helping us make sense of the chaos.
"To hope is to risk frustration, therefore, make up your mind to risk frustration" Thomas Merton
Love is an intensification of life. - Thomas Merton
I was telling yesterday about Dorothy Day ...the other (almost ) Saint that i am reading is Thomas Merton
James Martin — A Prayer from Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton by On Being via
"The 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton's Birth: A Birthday Tribute as a Token of Gratitude" by Robert Barron:
On the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton, pays tribute while dispelling rumours that affect his legacy:
Looking forward to celebrating the life of Thomas Merton with an art and spirituality event in July here at St Michael's Church
Happy 100th Birthday, Thomas Merton. . Thank you for changing my life.
From the magazine: Danny Sullivan on Thomas Merton, 'the Trappist who couldn’t be silenced'
Enjoyed tribute to Thomas Merton, messenger of hope. Reminded me of yr PH classes!
"the fullest possible contact with reality—not as we imagine it, but as it really is" . Thomas Merton on living a spiritual life
ICYMI: My story on Saturday's centennial of the birth of author and monkThomas Merton via
As Thomas Merton taught, “If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by praying”
"The light of truth burns without a flicker in the depths of a house that is shaken with storms of passion and fear." Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton at 100: Still inspiring people to get closer to God
100th birthday is Friday! Read tribute to a man who was Parker's messenger of hope:
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from Thomas Merton... 'That world was a picture of *** - Global Pulse Magazine
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The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced – As we mark the centenary of Thomas Merton’s birth this week many ar...
Last day for the American Red Cross blood drive! 12 - 6 p.m. in Thomas Merton Center. Walk-ins are welcome!
Thomas Merton. . January 31 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton. A Trappist monk in the Roman...
1/31 marks the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton. We celebrate his legacy with these works &
This weeks review at CBB. The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton by Daniel P Horan …
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New Blog Post: Thomas Merton Anniversary Readings - 5 - Being Alone with God All good meditative prayer is a conve...
To celebrate Thomas Merton's 100th, HarperOne has a great sale on some titles.
And if you missed it, here's my post on how to get started with reading
Thomas Merton's biographer celebrates unconventional Trappist's legacy on the centenary of his birth
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I love Tnomas Merton's humble and comforting prayer which starts: 'My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going'
When Life was Full from The way of Chuang Tsu translation by Thomas Merton - In the age when life on earth...
This link has one of my favourite prayers in it. It's by the poet/monk Thomas Merton. I think it is beautiful & true.
Happy 100th Birthday to Thomas Merton. Born in Prades, France on January 31, 1915. The Last Day of the Waterbearer...
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No Fast Food Lane for Soul: “Hurry ruins saints as well as artists.”  ~ Thomas Merton Real art cannot...
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"Be convinced...we will never be anything but beginners (at prayer), all our life." (Thomas Merton, Trappist contemplative, 1915-68, USA)
"What do I need to do right now to tend the root of inner wisdom that makes work fruitful?" Parker Palmer on writings by Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton is among spiritual giants made more relatable because of his foibles, struggles, temptations, & doubts
Catholic writer Thomas Merton: Holy and oh-so-human via &
Thomas Merton, a Trappist(ultra-silent) monk, said he sensed the real presence of God in his monastery AND on busiest intersection New York.
It's Year in Review time in America, and I want all my FB friends (who like this sort of thing) to tell me about their 2014 in books, television and movies so I can get ideas for 2015. Here are mine: BOOKS (fiction): The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (non-fiction): The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton. TELEVISION: " The Roosevelts" by Ken Burns, " Justified" on FX (but we stream from Netflix) " The Big Bang Theory" (streamed all 8 seasons!). MOVIES: "Gravity"( the only one we saw at a theater) John and I never see and rarely read anything when it first comes out because we are old, so we rely on our friends to help us out. We tried to watch "True Detective" last night because it got rave reviews in the Wall Street Journal, but after 15 minutes we were so depressed we turned it off and watched another rerun of Big Bang Theory to get the taste out of our mouths! Please help!!! DON'T STRESS ABOUT IT, JUST WHATEVER COMES TO YOUR MIND. THANK YOU AND Happy New Year!
I used to hear in early sobriety that if you had an idea after 10:00 pm, it was probably a bad idea. I think the same is true about any ideas you may have in the next few days. Everyone is very crazy. Some of us are better at covering this up than others. Some people will say how cheerful they feel and how much they love the holidays; but these are very angry people. Try not to be alone with them for any length of time. Three people I love have called this weekend with these intensely expressed decisions that they felt had to be made as soon as possible, at least by Monday. They are without exception highly intelligent and self-aware, really on to themselves, yet without exception, their ideas would have caused damage to their careers, marriages, children, serenity, and in one case, their dog. I listened, and said the great chemo-therapeutic words, "Me too." Then I made a subtle kind of hmmm sound, vaguely amused at how we comical we become under stress; delusional, and mad. The people all grew quiet ...
From an Advent Poem by Thomas Merton. Yet it is far from Christmas, when a star. Sang in the pane, as brittle as...
"When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate." Thomas Merton
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I believe in the philosophy of Thomas Merton so we have a few trees.
⭐️ Thomas Merton, prayer before midnight mass at Christmas, 1941 ⭐️
Thomas Merton is one of the best.Blended Eastern meditation with Christianity.
"If you find God with great ease, perhaps it is not God you have found." - Thomas Merton (via...
Excitedly reading Thomas Merton. "The integrity of the artist lifts a man above the level of the world without delivering him from it."
First time I've needed footnotes for FB post. Oops and sorry! Google "famous Thomas Merton Prayer, will 1st. Same w/ "St. F…
The last couple of years I've been reading mostly Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Thomas Merton. Merton, I confess, is beyond me ..
Spending my morning/early afternoon with Thomas Merton and drinking tea.
Contemplation is the loving sense of this life, this presence and this eternity. - Thomas Merton
"There is in all visible things...a hidden wholeness.⁰"~ Thomas Merton
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"The more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer." ~Thomas Merton
"A man who fails well is greater than one who succeeds badly.” . ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
No, Internet Atheist Dude, you aren't smarter than CS Lewis, Gregor Mendel, Thomas Merton, or Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Sorry about that.
We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us. -Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton to Dorothy Day: 'I would never have become Catholic w/o the witness of the Catholic Worker'
Great to see Mayor Greg Fischer (at Robert Ellsberg's lecture on Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day tonight
'To some men peace merely means the liberty to exploit other people without fear of retaliation or interference. To others peace means the freedom to rob others without interruption. To still others it means the leisure to devour the goods of the earth without being compelled to interrupt their pleasures to feed upon those whom their greed is starving. And to practically everybody peace simply means the absence of any physical violence that might cast a shadow over lives devoted to the satisfaction of their animal appetites for comfort and pleasure.' ~ Thomas Merton
Discover more about Thomas Merton with Julia Keeling, a participant in Richard Rohr's "Living School" Sat 08 Nov 11-4
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Pray!. "You are in constant and immediate contact with the infinite power of God" -Thomas Merton
The quotable American Trappist and writer, Thomas Merton (1915–68), is one of the most influential spiritual...
The spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake. —Thomas Merton (On beginnings & keeping awake: http:/…
I agree with Thomas Merton that, perhaps surprisingly, developing contemplation, stability, and peace within is the greatest a…
"Humility is the surest sign of strength." -Thomas Merton. . This one really makes you think.
To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. — Thomas Merton
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Happened upon this amazing picture last night: Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, and Thomas Merton.
“If our life is poured out in useless words, we will never hear anything, never become anything, and in the end, because we have said everything before we had anything to say, we shall be left speechless at the moment of our greatest decision.” --THOMAS MERTON, "THOUGHTS IN SOLITUDE"
"One thing occurs to me: how foolish it would be to base your whole life, to base important decisions, merely on a feeling of interior peace, or on a vague sense of oneness with God, considered as an experience. . . . That sense can be purely natural and aesthetic. As such it is probably not a genuine experimental knowledge of God, but only an experience of our own spirituality, a withdrawal from exterior things into our own selves, which enable us to taste the peace of our own spiritual nature. . . . It is important, therefore, not to seek any mere experience, and not to stop at the aesthetic sense of anything." Seek only God’s will—the Kingdom of God and His Justice—and peace and all the rest will be added to you." Thomas Merton, May 31, 1947. Ember Saturday entry, in Entering the Silence (The Merton Legacy Trust, 1996), pp.80-81.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ~ Thomas Merton
check out Thomas Merton poem link Original Child bomb. 67th anniversary & this poem re Enola Gaye shd be on curricula
"There is something in the very nature of my freedom that inclines me to love, to do good, to dedicate myself to others. I have an instinct that tells me that I am less free when I am living for myself alone." --THOMAS MERTON, "NO MAN IS AN ISLAND"
Secrecy and solitude are values that belong to the very essence of personality. -- Thomas Merton
"The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me."" - Thomas Merton
This requires the direct intervention of GOD.”. (Thomas Merton)
If Thomas Merton could bridge east & west, surely can bridge KY & IN with messages of love & compassion http…
SImply Merton by Linus Mundy offers wisdom and insightful questions from Thomas Merton's journals. Stop by the...
"I am glad to be shocked by grace and to wake up in time to see the great seriousness of it" - Thomas Merton
The things that we love tell us what we are. - Thomas Merton
the Desert Fathers have alot 2 say on the psychology of golf. Read Thomas Merton Richard Rohr Henri Nouwen on the desert Fathers
Thomas Merton's voice was clear and educated
"Gratitude... is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God."- Thomas Merton
"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy." Thomas Merton
" It is only in discovering GOD that we come to discover our true selves.". -Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation-
We must learn to respond not to this or that syllable, . but to the whole song. —Thomas Merton
"No writing on life can say anything that has not already been said better by the wind in the pine trees." - Thomas Merton
Every moment... event. of every person's life on earth. plants something in the soul. ~ Thomas Merton
"Prayer is an expression of who we are...We are living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment." Thomas Merton
All Christian life is meant to be at the same time profoundly contemplative and rich in active work. Thomas Merton
Brennan Manning's “The Furious Longing of God” has been a very powerful and encouraging read.I love how he quotes very poignant passages from Christian mystics that is relevant to what he is writing about. Manning's book has also inspired me to write a new piece about how important and encouraging Native American Spirituality, and Christian mystics, like Thomas Merton, Brother Lawrence, St.Francis of Assisi, George MacDonald, and the Celtic Saint Brigid have been to me on my journey. I use to be so full of anxiety, which led to depression and unhealthy self loathing, but now, by Grace, I am calm in my spirit even in the busyness of life, and am able to rest in the Divine Presence of Christ, and be full of His Joy, Love and Shalom. And I love it! Just amazing. Thank you Abba Father!
"Pride is a stubborn insistence of being what we are not and never were intended to be. Pride is a deep, insatiable need for unreality, an exorbitant demand that others believe the lie we have made ourselves believe about ourselves." --THOMAS MERTON, "THE NEW MAN"
"Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity." - Thomas Merton quotes from
Boy did I need to hear this... great wisdom "The scarcity model is the way we’re trained to think: “I am not enough. This is not enough. I do not have enough.” So we try to attain more and more, and climb higher and higher. Thomas Merton said we may spend our whole life climbing the ladder of success, only to discover that when we get to the top our ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. “To pray and actually mean ‘thy Kingdom come,’ we must also be able to say ‘my kingdoms go.’
Taken from "Whispered Words of Encouragement": "That is God's call to us - - simply to be people who are content to live close to Him and to renew the kind of life in which the closeness is felt and experienced." Thomas Merton
BOOK REVIEW: Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton via Reaching Hurting Women - * Thoughts in ...
“If a man does not know the value of his own loneliness, how can he respect another’s solitude?” . — Thomas Merton, “No Man Is An Island”
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The horror of atrocities by Israel exceeds our capacity to render the events through language says Catholic thinker & poet, Thomas Merton
The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Li...
God has willed that we should all depend on one another for our salvation, and all strive together for our own mutual good. --Thomas Merton
We enter into possession of God when He (She) invades all our faculties with His (Her) light and His (Her) infinite fire. . - Thomas Merton
Pride makes us artificial, humility makes us real. ~ Thomas Merton
If you do not know your own identity, who is going to identify you?. ~ Thomas Merton
The only unhappiness is not to love God. . — Thomas Merton
On page 63 of 80 of On Christian Contemplation, by Thomas Merton
Without contemplation, the church will be seduced by its own power, and when successful, will idolize its own influence. (Th…
I love Thomas Merton. I think I must re-read him. I think I also need to remember God is ultimate source of compassion - not me!
"Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity."--Thomas Merton
"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death." ~Thomas Merton
When human society fulfills its true function the persons who form it grow in their individual freedom and personal integrity.-Thomas Merton
Silence on fire. Quote taken from In Silence, by Thomas Merton.
“A man knows when he has found his vocation. when he stops thinking about how to live. and begins to live.”. Thomas Mert…
5.of his and his very and is his greatest |Thomas The Seven Storey
The influence of Thomas Merton and Taoist monks and Parker Palmer.
One cannot be a Christian today without having a deeply afflicted conscience. . Thomas Merton
"Christian hope begins where every other hope stands frozen stiff in the face of the unspeakable." - Thomas Merton
I have just finished an article called "Blessed are the Meek", on Christian non-violence, by Thomas Merton. Boy, do I have a long way to go😳
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