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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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“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” . Thomas Merton
If we have no silence, . God is not heard . in our music. Thomas Merton.
"A life that is without problems may literally be more hopeless than one the always verges on despair." - Thomas Merton
Sooner or later, if we follow Christ we have to risk everything in order to gain everything -Thomas Merton
"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether they are worthy." - Thomas Merton
students worked at The Thomas Merton Center today helping to prepare lunch for guests as part of
"Perhaps there is nothing to figure out at all: perhaps we only need to wake up." Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite
"If we are too eager to have everything, we will almost certainly miss even the one thing we need." Thomas Merton
To be born again is not to become somebody else, but to become ourselves. ~Thomas Merton
Christianity is Christ living in us. —Thomas Merton
Gave an awesome mammals of north America presentation today at Thomas Merton Catholic school.
New Thomas Merton: In his own words.-On Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Thomas Merton taught that the essence of prayer is waiting for a "word" that we cannot speak to ourselves.
In his new book Albert Raboteau profiles the social critics Fannie Lou Hamer and Thomas Merton:
Love is our true destiny. Thomas Merton. Peace on Earth
"But the gate of heaven is everywhere." Thomas Merton, pray for us.
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'Peace demands the most heroic labour and the most difficult sacrifices. It demands greater heroism than war.' Thomas Merton.
"We make ourselves real by telling the truth . . . we cannot know truth unless we ourselves are conformed to it." —Thomas Merton
“Thomas Merton, the American monk, pointed out that we may spend our whole life climbing the…
I really need to (find time to) re-read The Silent Life by Thomas Merton. I remember it as a phenomenal book.
“If you want to identify me...ask me what I am living for..." ― Thomas Merton
You can make your life what you want. . Thomas Merton
『Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another.』. …Thomas…
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Merton
We do not really know how to forgive until we know what it is to be forgiven -Thomas Merton
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.~Thomas Merton
Christ, from my cradle, I had known you everywhere. And even though I sinned, I walked in you and knew you were my world. ~ Thomas Merton
"We cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great." Thomas Merton (Mark 9:35)
If you have read all of Thomas Merton, C. S. Lewis, and Frederick Buechner, you are spiritually ready to read...
“Christ, the Incarnate Word, is the Book of Life in Whom we read God.” ~Thomas Merton
Let's shake it up with a quote from Thomas Merton: “The idea of alienation ... means is that man living under...
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Join John Dear for a special retreat on Thomas Merton and Nonviolence in Pennsylvania at the end of October. More...
Last summer, while writing The Gospel of Simon, the author discovered the worldly possessions of Thomas Merton.
I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform...
"It is enough to be quiet, be at peace and attentive to the secret work God is beginning in you soul!" ~Thomas Merton
We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacit...
We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. -Thomas…
Dear Christ, what a poor thing I am! Deliver me from my imagination and my dumb desires and tastes, my likes and dislikes! ~ Thomas Merton
"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 has a special place in my heart. Memories of MC & Catholic Society. Where to Begin with Thomas Merton?
"The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom." - Thomas Merton
“I find Him by hiding in the silence on which he is concealed.” . ―Thomas Merton.
"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul." by Thomas Merton
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. -Thomas Merton
To consider persons, events and situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of *** -Thomas Merton
.delves into the life of Thomas Merton, his challenges and persistent devotion to faith.…
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"If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts." ~ Thomas Merton
"You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.". —Thomas Merton
“Pride makes us artificial and humility make us real" Thomas Merton
How found peace with the help of Thomas Merton, Blessed John Henry Newman and St. John Paul II
In conversation tonight i described Brennan Manning Frederick Buechner and Thomas Merton as theologians for the...
From Orbis Books: "The Root of War is Fear: Thomas Merton's Advice to Peacemakers" by Jim Forest.
Learn more about Thomas Merton in this episode w/ Was he assassinated by the U.S. government?.
Atlas Shrugged, Divine Conspiracy, then swaddle yourself afterward with anything by Brennan Manning or Thomas Merton.
We find God in our own being which is the mirror of God. -Thomas Merton.
If you like Thomas Merton, read Michael Casey. If you like C.S. Lewis, read Evelyn Underhill. If you like Jim Wallis, read Kenneth Leech.
“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved.”. —Thomas Merton
Happy birthday John Wesley . So glad to find out you're secretly a Buddhist today... Thanks to Thomas Merton + Suzuki
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” . ~Thomas Merton...
Living fulness in the moment. Corinne Bailey Rae, Thomas Merton, David Dark, James Bay... leading us to surmise...
Richard Rohr quotes Thomas Merton at the start of an article on the importance of contemplation being coupled...
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“The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of innate violence.” -Thomas Merton
"Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things." ~ Thomas Merton
Every breath we draw is a gift…every moment of existence is a grace. ~ Thomas Merton. ~ Image "Swan Lake" by Kim...
Dr. Paul Pearson sharing about the theological similarities between Thomas Merton and Pope Francis.
There is a good essay by Paul Vilayathil called East-West Dialogue.. Thomas Merton.
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves . Thomas Merton
Going to order Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton soon, reading bits and pieces online makes me want to read it so badly.
It is almost impossible to overestimate the value of true humility. ~Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton: "I would never do without the Rosary." Here:
Beautiful quote from Thomas Merton. . Find John Dear's book on Thomas Merton here:...
"What am I? I am myself a word spoken by God. Can God speak a word that does not have any meaning?". -Thomas Merton
"Keep still, and let Him do some work." --Thomas Merton
Grade 8 registration is underway! Welcome to Bishop Marrocco Thomas Merton!
'Grace works in us but "not without us"' Thomas Merton - we have to bring ourselves to the table...
Selfishness is doomed to frustration, centered as it is upon a lie. ~ Thomas Merton
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To worship our false selves is to worship nothing. And the worship of nothing is *** ~ Thomas Merton
A showing of the documentary, The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton, will be held this Sunday:
Thomas Merton's autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain is inspiring. How he found his vocation.
Thank you Christ the King for serving lunch today @ Thomas Merton Center. We served lunch to 200 - full house!
God will give Himself to us through the Psalter if we give ourselves to Him without reserve, in our recitation of the Psalms. -Thomas Merton
but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods. Thomas Merton
The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin. Thomas Merton
The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds. Thomas Merton
Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more. Thomas Merton
in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who suffers most. Thomas Merton
The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you. Thomas Merton
Art enables us to Lose our self and Find our self at the same time. Thomas Merton
There are times when our perceived freedom is actually the most constricted. More Wise Words From Thomas Merton
May we all grow in grace and peace and not neglect the silence that is printed in the center of our being. It will not fail us.Thomas Merton
"If you want to understand the social and political of modern nations, study *** " Thomas Merton (1949)
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A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God. ~ Thomas Merton
Nothing is more necessary than to adore the living God. - Thomas Merton
Lent and Holy Week: bridges to contemplative living with Thomas Merton for free
wrote “If I find Him I will find myself, and if I find my true self I will find Him.”
Our ideas of God tell us more about ourselves than about him. Thomas Merton
How do Thomas Merton and Mike Matheny end up in the same book?
"Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace..." - Thomas Merton
"In Jesus we see a supreme harmony between well-ordered human feelings and the demands of a divine nature and personality." T…
Morning, lean into new light. Listen to well-ordered hills go by, rank upon rank, in the sun. -- Thomas Merton
"People do not know the tremendous power of the Blessed Virgin." - Thomas Merton
Congrats to the cast and crew of by at -- a tribute to Thomas Merton.
"In Everything Mercy”: Thomas Merton & Pope Francis on the Merciful Heart of God with Christopher Pramuk.
To cleanse your palate, here's Rowan Williams on George Orwell & Thomas Merton:
'For whatever is demanded by truth, by justice, by mercy or by love must surely be taken to be willed by God.' Thomas Merton
‘I am writing this for myself because paper plays a definite part in the spiritual formation of a writer.’. – Thomas Merton
Br. Paul Quenon speaks about Thomas Merton and the contemplative life.
Rowan Williams - The Orwell Lecture 2015 - War, Words and Reason: Orwell & Thomas Merton on the Crises of Language:
Rowan Williams on George Orwell and Thomas Merton and the language of terror and war:
Thomas Merton is high on my list, as recommend by you and
“Into this world, this demented inn. in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited." Thomas Merton
The least of learning is done in the classrooms, -- Thomas Merton
"For me to be a saint means to be myself." . - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Reinhold Niebuhr mixed with a touch of Duke Ellington and Cannonball Adderley
Inspired by Frank Buckley, S.J. who was in turn inspired by Thomas Merton: “Oh sorrowful place, I pray ‘Open…
Rev Daniel Horan will be speaking at on December 12th in honor of Thomas Merton's 100th Birthday year!
Wonderful Orwell lecture by Rowan Williams last night at UCL - Orwell, Thomas Merton and the totalitarian mind. All hor…
Note to Scott. Thomas Merton the mystic is not Robert Merton the sociologist. But they are each about as irrelevant as the other.
Upcoming Retreat- Poets of the Sacred: Thomas Merton & Mary Oliver Nov. 13-15
"The frenzy of the activist neutralizes his or her work for peace." ~Thomas Merton
thanks Rachel for the great show on Thomas Merton, really enjoyed it.
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"Eucharistic Adoration deepens awareness of the mystery at the heart of the Church & opens souls to Son of God's influence" Thomas Merton
"Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him." . — Thomas Merton
Listen to a presentation on Thomas Merton and John XXIII by Michael Higgins given at Bellarmine University in 2013: http:…
"No two trees are alike. And their individuality is no imperfection" - Thomas Merton
That cited Dorothy Day & Thomas Merton as egs of American Catholicism is a big deal. They're rad.
The pope is really into Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Who are they? …
I would like to mention four of great Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.
Pope Francis just cited Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. Here's who they were. via
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!
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…
Big mover on Amazon is The Seven Storey Mountain Thomas Merton (Author) up 43,700 in last 24 hours
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…
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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? …
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
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
I almost wept when the Pope lifted up Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton as moral heroes. What a day for the Holy Spirit! htt…
Heard refer to Thomas Merton? Want to read him but don't know where to start? I'm here to help! htt…
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:
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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!
Psychoanalyst on Thomas Merton: "He wanted to be a hermit...the kind in...Times Square w/electric signs announcing 'Come see the hermit'!"
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
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…
Why Pope Francis Cited Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: In speaking to Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis demons...
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
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"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
"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
"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)
“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.
The risen life is not easy: it is also a dying life. ~ Thomas Merton
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"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
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
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"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?
“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
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I was telling yesterday about Dorothy Day ...the other (almost ) Saint that i am reading is Thomas Merton
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