Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic.
The beginning of love is the will to let those we love to be perfectly themselves, not to twist them to fit out own image- Thomas Merton.
Every Religion Matters Thomas Merton wrote Christian -Buddhist interfaith books of ' Mystics and Zen Masters' and 'Zen and Birds of Appetite' to reveal to the Western readers or society that Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam can be reconciled and mutually corroborated with esoteric dimension of progressive Christianity. The arising of the Movement of Progressive Christianity in the last two or three decades was obviously influenced partially by Thomas Merton's liberal theology of Progressive Christianity that embraces religious pluralism that can be aligned with Eastern perennial wisdom of Buddhist Zen, Hindu Advaita Vedanta and Islamic Tasawwuf (Sufism). Western commenters on Thomas Merton's interfaith literature reflected the inner message of Thomas Merton that if the West were to continue to underestimate and to neglect the spiritual heritage of the East, it may well hasten the tragedy that threatens man and his civilization. The threat from religious imperialism and ignorance of religious plur ...
Thought of the Day: "Perhaps I am stronger than I think." - Thomas Merton
Only Love--which means humility--can exorcise the fear which is at the root of all war. ~ Thomas Merton
This is such a cool school and now the new home for Pumped!! (@ Bishop Marrocco/ Thomas Merton) [pic]:
"Others have no right to demand that I be anything else than what I ought to be in the sight of God." - Thomas Merton
Okay the instagram post with the quote from Thomas Merton... He's a Catholic priest, we all should have seen her being Christian coming lol
...otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. -Thomas Merton ❤️
Thomas Merton - The architect of the American Religious Left -
Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. ~ Thomas Merton
We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves, - Thomas Merton
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and rhythm and order and harmony ~ Thomas Merton
"lived a gentleman of large fortune, whose name was Merton. Thomas Day"
It is in the ordinary duties and labors of life that the Christian can and should develop his spiritual union with God ~ Thomas Merton
5 of 5 stars to A Vow of Conversation by Thomas Merton
“Lord, it is nearly midnight and I am waiting for You in the darkness and the great silence.” - Thomas Merton
Love is not just something that happens to you: it is a certain special way of being alive. ~ Thomas Merton
Listening now, wonderful... ' The Spiritual Life, is Life' Thomas Merton
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton
The God of Peace is never glorified by human violence. - Thomas Merton
We are already ONE. We just think we are separate. --Thomas Merton
Solitude is a way to defend the spirit against the murderous din of our materialism. . ~ Thomas Merton
"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another." ~ Thomas Merton
Fact: After observing a pre-fame Gary Cooper, a professor in theselves alone - we find it with another, - Thomas Merton
How does Thich Nhat Hanh buddhist ethos compare to Thomas Merton's christian ethos?
I received the # 7 from Danielle Lowe. Here are seven things many may not know about me (in no particular order) : 1. I love DC comics and have a huge collection of action figures. 2. I have been following Bob Dylan since I was 7(Next year will mark our 50th anniversary together). 3. I played tennis professionally. 4. My top 5 spiritual influences are Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Brennan Manning, Patti Smith, and St. Francis. 5. I have been reading voraciously since the age of four. 6. I am an introvert who has battled depression most of my life. 7. Next to my recovery program, Lisa is the best gift God ever gave me. Bonus Cut: I am still grieving the death of Lou Reed.
Went to a bargain sale for the Fort Worth Library. $5 for as many books as you can take with you. I found a few gems that were worth the trip. Jesus Loves Me by Calvin Miller, Waking The Dead by John Eldridge, Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession by Anne Rice, The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, and The Nonviolent Alternative by Thomas Merton.
“Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God." - Thomas Merton
So looking around this apartment thinking this guy must be a writer. He had a Thomas Merton book. There's also a stack of zine art things in the corner. All the same production. I ask Lee what his name is, turns out he did the text. I then look him up on the internet. Turns out he co-wrote Basquiat with Julian Schnabel.
On "Speaking of Faith" Paul Elie discusses the writings of Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, and Thomas Merton:
Thomas Merton. A source of inspiration for me when I was 16 years old, along with Simone Weil and Dorothy Day, Upton Sinclair and Dostoevsky, Marx and St. Joan of Arc, and Camus.
“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” . ― Thomas Merton
Check out Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others ...
"I believe that the desire to please God does in fact please Him." ~Thomas Merton
Take more time, cover less ground. Thomas Merton
going to start re-reading Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton.
“Thomas Merton Prayer, one of my favorite prayers🙏💕
The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation: Now in paperback, revised and redesigned: This is Thomas Merton'...
Thomas Merton. A Life in Letters, 1963, "Some may want to know what I think about politics. I think that we citizens of the United States,..
..because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture me in proportion to my fear of being hurt. Highly inspired by Thomas Merton
but only His child redeemed By Christ. Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton Prayer, one of my favorite prayers🙏💕
we spend our lives climbing the ladder of success only to find once at the top, the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall. Thomas Merton
The tighter you squeeze, the less you have, - Thomas Merton http:bit,ly16bYRuu om the television show The Simpsons
New koan of UPAP:. “What saw Thomas Merton in his prayer to say: ‘Where is silence? Where is solitude? Where is love?‘ ?“
"A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences The goodness of God." - Thomas Merton
For God is everywhere. His truth and His love pervade all things as the light and the heat of the sun pervade our atmo…
"Our happiness consists in sharing the happiness of God." Thomas Merton
Where there is presence, there is God. Thomas Merton
"I have a very simple way of prayer...it is not thinking about anything but a direct seeing of the face of the invisible.…
"Prayer is an expression of who we are: a living incompleteness. We are a gap, an emptiness that calls for fulfillment." -Tho…
Prayer is inspired by God in the depth of our own nothingness. Thomas Merton
Prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone. Thomas Me…
Prayer takes practice as Thomas Merton put it, "If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by …
“All creation teaches us some way of prayer.” Thomas Merton
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. (Thomas Merton)
The sweat of hard is not to be displayed, It is much more selves alone - we find it with another, - Thomas Merton
The whole mechanism of modern life is geared for a flight from God and from the spirit into the wilderness of neurosis. Tho…
"The God of peace is never glorified by human violence." - Thomas Merton
“We need not be afraid to touch, to feel, to show emotion. Exactly. No Man is an Island. ~ Thomas Merton
“Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about Him.” Thomas Merton
"Our job is to love others, without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy." -Thomas Merton
Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love foreverhing in his soul, - Thomas Merton
is not an of intensity but of order, rhythm and Thomas Merton
We do not exist for ourselves. . Thomas Merton . . I Declare World Peace . .
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Thomas James Merton 1915–1968 COMPLIMENTS OF THE POETRY FOUNDATION A monk who lived in isolation for several years, and one of the most well-known Catholic writers of the twentieth century, Thomas Merton was a prolific poet, religious writer, and essayist whose diversity of work has rendered a precise definition of his life and an estimation of the significance of his career difficult. Merton was a Trappist, a member of a Roman Catholic brotherhood known for its austere lifestyle and vow of silence in which all conversation is forbidden. Merton's accomplishments as an author are even more remarkable considering that when he entered the Trappist monastery in Kentucky in 1941, monks were allowed to write only two half-page letters four times a year and nothing more. In The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton, biographer Michael Mott called Merton a "poet, writer, activist, contemplative, . . . reformer of monastic life, artist, [and] bridge between Western and Eastern religious thought." Indeed, Merton is cr ...
So, do any of my friends have any suggestions for enlightening movies? I've seen What the Bleep?, the Secret (WAY overrated), the Quantum Activist (if you liked what the bleep and liked Amit Goswami, I strongly suggest this film), I've seen the Neale Donald Walsch one, Three Magic Words I think it's called. I've seen Vision, and if you believe in angels or spirit guides, I suggest the movie Ink (don't get fooled by the cover description-its NOT a horror/suspense by any stretch) I've watched God and Buddha, A Conversation with Robert Thurman and Deepak Chopra. I've also watched the biography of Thomas Merton. But I want to see another enlightening movie/documentary/docudrama. Throw some suggestions my way please!!
"The truth that many people never understand is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer..." --THOMAS MERTON
"We cannot see things in perspective until we cease to hug them to our own bosom" --THOMAS MERTON, 'THOUGHTS IN SOLITUDE'
"We cannot have true compassion on others unless we are willing to accept pity and receive forgiveness for our own sins" --THOMAS MERTON
"We do not really know how to forgive until we know what it us to be forgiven." --THOMAS MERTON, 'THOUGHTS IN SOLITUDE'
Today, trust God a little more. —. “Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.” - Thomas Merton
Advertising treats all products with the reverence and the seriousness due to sacraments. - Thomas Merton
Pride makes us artificial & humility makes us real. ~Thomas Merton. It's okay to be nice! Big egos are stupid &...
The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me. - Thomas Merton
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. . Thomas Merton
"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going...But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you." Thom…
Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O., was an Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of...
Have a pile of books on my desk that consists entirely of Thomas Merton and John Shelby Spong. Has not spontaneously combusted...yet.
"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings." Thomas Merton
The great thing, and the only thing, is to adore and praise God. -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?" - Thom…
"...in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.” -- Thomas 2/2
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Many poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious people are not saints: they never succeed in being themselves. They never get around to being the particular poet or the particular monk that they are intended to be by God. (Thomas Merton)
My "All alone with God", Mein "allein mit Gott", Moje "sam na sam z Bogiem", Мое " Один на один с Богом" ENG The Psalms are privileged prayer of the Church. These old Hebrew songs Jesus prayed, practicing Jew, which is Christ. They are sometimes difficult. It is worth to try. There are not always connected with our soul and feelings. Because the Psalms are songs people know who God is. They are full of the Incarnate Word. God reveals to us through the mystery of the Psalms. (Thomas Merton) play an important role in translating the Psalms. There are hundreds of them. We rely on them, because few of us are familiar with the language of the original. And this is extremely important, because it did not arise in the culture of the German, British, Russian or Polish, but among the People of the Covenant in the homeland of Jesus. For the next week we try to use the phrases from the Psalms of the Liturgy of the translation of the Hebrew language, which was made by Polish poet, writer and thinke ...
Writer and mystic Thomas Merton on Brazilian poets. [Google BOOKS excerpt] MT
The letter below says, in the Christian perspective, what I've always wanted to tell you from my Taoist perspective. If I lived for another thousand years I could never put it so beautifully as Father Merton. Thank you. Dom Francis Decroix, abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Frattochie near Rome, received in 1967 a request from Paul VI for a "message of contemplatives to the world." The Pope suggested that Thomas Merton might be one of the monks asked to compose such a message. Accordingly, Dom Francis in a letter of August 14 requested a statement by the end of the month. Merton wrote his statement on August 21, the very day he received the abbot's letter. He mailed it the following day with an additional statement. August 21, 1967 This morning I received your letter of August 14th and I realized I must answer it immediately in order to get the reply to you before the end of the month. This does not leave me time to plan and think, and hence I must write rapidly and spontaneously. I must also write dir ...
I spoke about this a little bit today in class, but I wanted to expand on it cause I'm still questioning things. I welcome any comments or thoughts on this... Today is a beautiful day. This week we have taken a huge step for equality and human rights. Today we celebrate love and truth. By accepting the truth of who we are and then outwardly expressing love, I can see only good things happening. Thank you America, I feel us united. However, this morning I was looking for a quote to add to my page on the wonderful theme of “Pride”. And I came across quote after quote from great spiritual thinkers and guides such as Thomas Merton, Jung and Ghandi, all disparaging pride as one of human’s biggest vices. I felt sad. Why was it so hard to find a simple and loving quote on this matter? How can having pride be a bad thing? And if it is one of our human flaws, then how can we celebrate our LGBT brothers and sisters for speaking truthfully and bravely about who they are without feeding into t ...
Jesus reaches out to us and call us to discipleship DISCIPLESHIP In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus calls us to discipleship – a call to forsake all and to follow him. Here are some thoughts on discipleship: Our task is to seek and find Christ in our world as it is, and not as it might be. – Thomas Merton The Christian life is a journey. Do not wait for great strength before setting out, for immobility will weaken you further. Do not wait to see very clearly before starting; one has to walk towards the light. – Anonymous Jesus didn’t say to people: “come, discuss me.” He said: “come, follow me.” – Lloyd John Ogilvie It is easier to be nailed to the cross with the Savior than to become an obedient child with him. – Blessed Edith Stein I resolve to consecrate the rest of my days to honor the hidden life of Jesus on earth, hiding myself from the eyes of creatures to be known by God alone and be ignored by the world and the devil. Seeing that the common life had mor ...
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven, (a Mother Theresa, a Ghandi, a Thomas Merton, a Henri Nouwen, a Sarah Silverman) You have the capacity for anything! If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. (and pull for him! celebrate him!) - Henry David Thoreau
Today, June 24th, celebrate the Birth of John the Baptist. Here, the third stanza of Thomas Merton's poem, "Saint John Baptist": St. John, strong Baptist Angel before the face of the Messiah Desert-dweller, knowing the solitudes that lie Beyond anxiety and doubt, Eagle whose flight is higher than our atmosphere Of hesitation and surmise, You are the fist Cistercian and the greatest Trappist: Never abandon us, your few but faithful children, For we remember your amazing life, Where you laid down for us the form and pattern of Our love for Christ, Being so close to Him, you were His twin. Oh buy us, by your intercession, in your mighty heaven, Not your great name, St. John or ministry, But oh, your solitude and death: And most of all, gain us your great command of graces, Making our poor hands also fountains full of life and wonder Spending, in endless rivers, to the universe, Christ, in secret, and His Father, and His sanctifying Spirit.
Elizabeth, describing how the God-man hidden within Mary worked on her soul and the new life within her old body, exclaimed: "Why, as soon as ever the voice of thy greet- ing sounded in my ears, the child in my womb leaped for * Thomas Merton, "The Quickening of St. John the Baptist," from The Tears of the Blind Lions.  joy. Blessed art thou for thy believing; the message that was brought to thee from the Lord shall have fulfillment." (Luke 1:44, 45) Eve had believed the serpent; Elizabeth now praises Mary for blotting out the ruin of Eve by believing in God. But no sooner did an unborn child leap with joy in a prison house of flesh than a song leaped with joy to Mary's lips. To sing a song is to possess one's soul. Maria, the sister of Moses, sang after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. Deborah sang after the defeat of the Canaanites. Wherever liberty is, there the free sing. Elizabeth's husband sang the Benedictus to usher in the New Order, for Our Lord came "not to destroy the law but to fulf ...
it had Lolita, four quartets,waiting for godot, things fall apart, and something by Thomas Merton.
“Despair is the absolute extreme of self-love. It is reached when a person deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost” ~ Thomas Merton. (I'm qualified to post this because God knows, I sure do love "myself" a great deal
Before the Festival of Faiths, I spent several days at Our Lady of Gethsemane, between Louisville and Lexington (in Trappist, KY, to be exact!). That's the monastery where Thomas Merton -- one of my early inspirations -- lived. I got to see his hermitage, and attended the services, starting with the first at 3:30 a.m. Since I'm used to getting up at 3:30 at Belur Math, getting up at 3:15 wasn't a problem. It was a beautiful experience, and I got to spend quality time with Br Paul Quenon, who was one of Merton's novices. Also I met a wonderful Augustinian Father and excellent writer named Father Martin Laird. Only downside: while on a walk in the beautiful woods there, I picked up an infected deer tick. I watched for the rash, which didn't come till I returned to India, but it came big time. Last time I was infected was at Ridgely, where I was very sick for two years, finally getting cured by a Chinese herbalist (from Vietnam). Other than that, the trip to Gethsemane was a wonderful pilgrimage, and the pe ...
Off this evening to Atlanta to hear the Indigo Girls and Joan Baez at an Amphitheatre. Should be a little toasty but I’ll have my cooler and maybe a little Southern Comfort. I told a buddy I was going to see the Indigo Girls and he looked at me with consternation and said, “Aren’t….they…..LES B’ ANS?” “Yep,” I said, “I think they’re *** Why else would I be going?” They stirred the pot a bit with their political rant a few years ago. Dang liberals, always messin’ with MY country. Who I really want to see and hear is Joan Baez who sang three songs at Woodstock and helped bring Bob Dylan to prominence. Remember Dylan’s "Blowin in the Wind?" There is a true story about her drinking wine, playing her guitar and singing on the floor with Thomas Merton at his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemane. She’s had a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment. Uh oh, I think she’s a lesbia ...
Hi. For my Birthday I am posting this interview with Thomas Merton's translator when he was in the Himalayas. Cheers Tricycle: How much did Thomas Merton influence your decision to convert to Catholicism? Talbott: When people ask why I became a Catholic, I often answer, I'm ashamed to say, that it wasn't The Confessions of St. Augustine, it was The Seven Storey Mountain. Tricycle: Why ashamed? Talbott: Because The Seven Storey Mountain is a terrific book, but it's a paperback. Tricycle: When did you first meet Merton? Talbott: In 1957, I was working on a newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee during my summer vacation from Harvard and reading The Sign of Jonas, the journal Merton kept on his way to becoming a priest. And I went to Gethsemani to meet him but the world was beating a path to his door, and the abbot wouldn't let me in. The next Thanksgiving I returned after being baptized. I had decided to take my first communion not with the Jesuits but with the Cistercians at Gethsemani. Tricycle: And you saw him ...
About 12 years ago, I read this brilliant essay from Thomas Merton's 1966 book Raids on the Unspeakable. It's called A Devout Meditation in Memory of Adolf Eichmann. Everybody needs to read this & PASS IT ON.
Part of my college education at Nazareth College of Rochester included being introduced to Thomas Merton. Thank...
Provocative series of events/happenings occurring having my mind going 90 to 0. Listening to Paul Horn “Inside“ to slow me down. Death of Will Campbell, Feastday of John XXIII, and International Thomas Merton Society Meeting next week such a powerful confluence of men who shaped my life and continue to shape my life. They certainly are not the only folks to have shaped me but they played a very large role. In many ways very different men, a Baptist preacher who often said: “he was the last Baptist left” and “we are all *** but God loves us anyway.” A man of the Institutional Church/Roman Catholic Church who when elected bishop of Rome at 77 set in motion a rethinking of what the Institutional Church was to be not just for his Roman Catholic Church but left no institutional Church untouched. A man who entered the monastery so Thomas Merton could die and in the end a monk, Father Louis, who was and is known around the world and next week the 13th International TM Society meeting will t ...
In a backstage room at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday, the Dalai Lama held a photo showing a younger version of himself, posing with the late Kentucky author-monk Thomas Merton in India in November 1968.
From Sarah Geis, and I agree: This, friends, is why I do not ever recommend Thomas Merton as a spiritual resource. How many problems can you find in just this passage? That is, if you can get past the incoherence. "At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes of our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God written in us, as our poverty, as our indigence, as our son-ship. It is like a pure diamond blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it, we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely. I have no program for this seeing. It is only given. ...
Thomas Merton & My Grandchildren~ My daughter, pregnant with her third child and in her characteristic thoughtfulness calls to say, “I’ve been thinking about your visit on Friday and wondering if you would like to go to the Merton Center when your plane lands in Louisville?” Mind you, she is very great with child, so I consider how much this will tax her strength, especially with two young boys already, before I pounce on the possibility with “What a great idea!” Thomas Merton, Christian to the core and open to all people. I’ve followed his life and writings for more years than I remember. I particularly treasure his journals (seven volumes), his letters, his poetry and his Zen art. If my grandsons can’t find much to contemplate in silence at the Center, I know what we’ll do. We’ll ride out to the Abbey of Gethsemane, the monastery where Merton lived most of his life. It’s near their home and maybe other grandchildren when they arrive will want to get in on the fun. We’ll not go insi ...
Started reading Thomas Merton. If you are looking for a poetic Christian mystic you should check him out!
Watching As Good as it gets today. Mind wandered to A Few Good Men, Saving Private Ryan, Pulp Fiction, Sideways, Scent of a Woman, Philadelphia Story, Play It Forward etc.is it any wonder why America's greatest exports are the dreams we sell via Hollywood? This as Ironman III sets records for loud flashy crap. Bread and Circus. I think we should quit the drones, the ego wars, the obsession with crazy people doing crazy things (can we really stop this?), the rat race of profit making called business and security...take a deep breath and consider... How about a little peace? We are the luckiest people in the RISK game called life in the history of the world-and we act like little self-centered, self-righteous little turds. Yes...Me (especially me)...and You. Thomas Merton from The Way of Chuang Tzu: . . . I have enjoyed writing this book more than any other I can remember. . . .I have been a Christian monk for nearly twenty-five years, and inevitably one comes in time to see life from a viewpoint that ha .. ...
Courage. “Souls are like wax waiting for a seal…. If you spend your life trying to escape from the heat of the fire that is meant to soften and prepare you to become your true self, and if you try to keep your substance from melting in the fire – as if your identity were to be hard wax – the seal will fall upon you at last and crush you!” New Seeds of Contemplation. Thomas Merton
I am a little leery of the word mystic because of all of the connotations attached to the word and I live in a town (Santa Cruz) that has a local bumper sticker that says: "Keep Santa Cruz Weird." I have read in my youth Meister Eckhart and Thomas Merton and others but thought to offer a frame of reference concerning the word, "mysticism or mystic." I certainly understand the Ecstasy, the joy of the Holy Spirit pour out as we come into a deeper knowledge of the love of the Father...in truth, I have seen angels...part of me wants to keep that low key...but, I did see them and often pray to see more angelic beings. Heck, Jacob wrestle with one and they came to comfort our Lord before the cruelty and beauty of the cross...out of agony came the Ecstasy of the Holy Spirit in us, the Father at home in us and Jesus right in us, closer than my breath.to the world, we do seem foolish but it is cool that they scream and shout and fight over a soccer game...right! We love to live out the "heroic role" vicariously t ...
magazine Studies has John Bruton of on What if EU broke up? and an intro to life of Thomas Merton late Trappist monk
“Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice in here calling me to be the person I was born to be.” - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton is the writer who first drew me into silence and in many ways rescued my spiritual life. Here are a few of the many Merton quotes on silence that move me: Entering the Silence: Becomi...
“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds.” -- Thomas Merton
All welcome to theology lecture by Jim Forest about 'Meeting Thomas Merton'
The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom. -Thomas Merton
"There is no such thing" as God because God is neither a "what" nor a "thing" but a pure "who". -nice bit of Thomas Merton for a Mon morning
"You cannot have order without saints." -Thomas Merton
"You cannot have peace without charity." -Thomas Merton
"Yet before we can surrender ourselves we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess." -Thomas Merton
"The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace." Thomas Merton
"Hemmed in by iron ring of oppression Vivid Feelings gifts emotions...smashed down & wasted..." Thomas Merton, 1944
"""Wheels of fire, cosmic, rich, full-bodied honest victories over desperation."" - Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton wrote "We discover our true selves in love."
Things we need more of right now: Thomas Merton, Paul Tillich, Albert Camus, The Beatles, hugs.
Dave Jacobs · Thomas Merton: The reasons for delay and obstacles.
Thought provoking anti-nuclear reflection by Thomas Merton: A Devout Meditation in Memory of Adolf Eichmann
"Those who invented & developed atomic bombs... these are not crazy people, they are the sane people' Thomas Merton
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. - Thomas Merton
We love this Thomas Merton quote. (Snagged a quick iphone photo of the ceremony from our Bald Head Island on...
“If a man is to live, he must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit.” - Thomas Merton
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
Thomas Merton wrote that he didn’t read “the news”... he refused to get swept up in the sensationalism, the immediacy, the frantic urgency.
Love Eocide! is the worst violence Thomas Merton saw this violence in 1968 & USA unleashed it
Sobriety: Concentration of feeling in the heart. Thomas Merton
Pride makes us superficial but humility makes us real. ~ Thomas Merton"
"The threat of violence isn't crime in ghetto But Gangs of WhitecollarThugs who force people to live in ghetto" Thomas Merton, 1968!
Do you think of spiritual formation as 'an esoteric activity reserved for introverted Thomas-Merton-reading contemplatives'?...
"We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to ""like"" one another. Thomas Merton "
"Duty does not have to be dull. Love can make it beautiful and fill it with life." Thomas Merton
A prayer for Holy Week, by Thomas Merton: Let me die to myself and live for those gathered in your name. Let me...
Violence is essentially wordless, and it can begin only where thought and rational communication have broken down. - Thomas Merton
“Violence is not completely fatal until it ceases to disturb us.” ― Thomas Merton
We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. -- Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton~ The least of learning is done in the classrooms.
If yourself are at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world- Thomas Merton
'Be still. Listen to the stones of the wall. Be silent,as they try to speak your Name'~Thomas Merton- a poem -
Quote: Thomas Merton on the value of real world experience
The deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. -- Thomas Merton
"The white man's culture isn't worth the dirt in Harlem's gutters" Catholic monk, Thomas Merton, 1944 "The Sleeping Volcano"
"Violence today is Gangs of in multinational corporations whose operations & murders are global" Thomas Merton
threat of Violence is Gangs of Merton
Thomas Merton was right when he wrote that our desire to know God is important to God, even ...
"The liturgical year renews the mysteries of our redemption...It is a year of salvation...of enlightenment, transformation." Thomas Merton
It is the silence of our world that is real. -- Thomas Merton
As a Christian priest I have been honoured & blessed by a Hindu swami; thank you Thomas Merton,DeMello, &Richard Rohr for showing the way.
Access to God is by attention...Thomas Merton & Simone Weil
Six of Ann Deignan's poems have been published in Monkscript Two ! Stunning book of poems, photos, sketches, stories. Published by Fons Vitae and edited by Brother Paul Quenon of Gethsemani Abbey and a novice of Thomas Merton. Available at Amazon and soon at Schola Ministries on line. Congratulations!
"Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t." - Jerry Rice "Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t." - Rikki Rogers "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." - Zig Ziglar "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." - John Wooden "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 "We are not in control, principles control. We control our actions, but the consequences that flow from these actions are controlled by principles." - Stephen R. Covey "God won't ask how many friends you had, but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend." - Unknown "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." - Babe Ruth "He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him." - Plato "Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not t ...
What is the justification for your "work", "praxis," etc? Here is one perspective. “Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” ― Thomas Merton shared from Cathy Colton
Favorite thinkers include but are not limited to: Kierkegaard, N.T. Wright, Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, Joseph Ratzinger, Thomas Merton,
Paul Elie wrote the wonderful book THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN, a collective biography of US 20th century Catholic authors Dorothy Day, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Merton and Walker Percy. A truly fine book. His new one, REINVENTING BACH, looks to be pretty fab too. He's going to be speaking at Seattle U this Saturday, March 9, at 12:30,at Pigott Auditorium as part of the Search for Meaning Book Festival. I get to do a little introduction of him and then sit back and marinate in his words. You want to be there too. It's free, but you'll need a ticket. Get one at Seattle U day of or online in advance.
The next meeting of the Thomas Merton Society discussion group is Saturday March 9, 2013 at 2pm in the St Anselm's Abbey guest library. We will discuss "Zen: A Way of Living Life Directly" in The Springs of Contemplation. We'll also firm up our plans for the Spring Lecture on April 13, 2013 featuring Monica Weis speaking on "The Landscape of Prayer: Thomas Merton's Interaction with Nature," and look ahead to the ITMS General Meeting in June 2013. All are welcome. Any questions, contact tmsociety See you on Saturday!
Not ready for your Monday drag? Here are some things to look forward to! TUESDAY: Faith sharing with the Catholicism series, Episode V: The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure" from 11:00-12:30 MEMBERSHIP MEETING in Lantana 102E from 1:30-2:00pm. Don't know where Lantana is in the Union, it is the room behind the information desk on your right hand side WEDNESDAY: Mass with Fr. Sam Rosales SJ at 12:30 (it's okay to come a few minutes late, Deacon and our Priests know you're coming from class :) ) Membership meeting AFTER Mass THURSDAY: Faithsharing with Sr. Janet "Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton" as our Lenten topic FRIDAY: Adoration from 12-2pm -tg-
The assignment about Joyce Rupp, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day is dunzo
We are happy to announce that Paul Elie will be our keynote speaker for our conference in October. Among other things, he is the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage, a biography of four American Catholic writers: Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk; Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker; Flannery O'Connor, a "Christ-haunted" Catholic; and Walker Percy, a doctor who wrote fiction and philosophy.
From Martin L. Smith's "A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent"-- " Thomas Merton was deeply impressed by a profound and simple statement of an Orthodox bishop, Metropolitan Eulogius: 'People like St. Seraphim, St. Francis, and many others have accomplished the unity of the churches in their own lives.' [Merton] took this as a clue to his own vocation as a monk: 'If I can unite IN MYSELF the thought and devotion of Eastern and Western Christendom, the Greek and the Latin Fathers, the Russian with the Spanish mystics, I can prepare in myself the reunion of divided Christians. From that secret and unspoken unity in myself can eventually come to a visible and Manifest unity of all Christians...We must contain all divided worlds in ourselves and transcend them in Christ.' Of course I will always be a Christian in a particular tradition, with the gifts and the weaknesses that mark it. But I belong to the one, holy, catholic [universal], and apostolic church. I must delight in calling myself a c ...
I really love my Kobo built-in dictionary. Especially while reading Thomas Merton's very wordy book. However, when I look up a word like "rapacity", I do not want the definition "The quality of being rapacious"... that is not helpful.
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 THE LAW: Luke 11:37-41 While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at the table. The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. And the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? But give as alms those things that are within and, behold, everything is clean for you." Thomas Merton: No Man Is an Island (an excerpt) The justice of the scribes, who perfectly understood the letter of the law, was not sufficient to gain anyone admittance to the Kingdom of Heaven. It was necessary for the law to be fulfilled in spirit and in truth. It was necessary that men should be perfect in the law, not by the exterior observance of precepts but by the interior transformation of their whole beings into sons of God. Then they would be children of their Father in Heaven, perf ...
"I do not intend to divorce myself at any point from Catholic tradition. But neither do I intend to accept points of that tradition blindly, and without understanding, and without really making them my own. For it seems to me that the first responsibility of a man of faith is to make his faith really part of his own life, not by rationalizing it but by living it." -Thomas Merton
I have a "Catholic Sensibility", that is to say that from a historical perspective our debt to this institution is profound. When I hear some *** "preacher" call the Roman church "the *** of Babylon", or call it a "cult" it's infuriating. This retiring (or abdicating) pontiff is no slouch; this is not some fool who attended a "Bible College", or some ordained mail order "minister" or even a mainline type who took an elemental course in Greek and feels qualified to speak for the creator. These folks haven't a clue: what they deem culture is analogous to calling velvet portraits of Elvis great art. Despite many "commentaries" there is little to be found in their tents. Fundamentalists have contributed little to nothing to civilization; few have inspired but many have conspired. My personal library contains just about everything Thomas Merton, Hans Kung, and others have ever written; social activists like Dorothy Day, Archbishop Romero, and even Martin Sheen are heroes in my book. That being said, i ...
Far from being irrelevant, prayer, meditation and contemplation are of the utmost importance in America today...[and] have an important part to play in opening up new ways and new horizons. If our prayer is the expression of a deep and grace-inspired desire for newness of life-and not the mere blind attachment to what has always been familiar and "safe"-God will act in us and through us to renew the Church by preparing, in prayer, what we cannot yet imagine or understand. In this way our prayer and faith today will be oriented toward the future which we ourselves may never fully realized on earth. -Fr. Louis Merton, OCSO (Thomas Merton in Contemplation in a World of Action)
"There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom, the Mother of all, Natura naturans [“nature naturing” or "nature doing what nature does”]. There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being, welcoming me tenderly, saluting me with indescribable humility. This is at once my own being, my own nature, and the Gift of my Creator’s Thought and Art within me, speaking as Hagia Sophia, [“holy wisdom”] speaking as my sister, Wisdom." ~ “Hagia Sophia,” The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton
"How tragic is it that they who have nothing to express are continually expressing themselves" - Thomas Merton, before
WOE - Lent Begins We are somewhat past Ash Wednesday but I was doing some reading this morning from Thomas Merton that raised some...
Went to Chicago a cappella's "Spirit/Breath/Voice" concert last night at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. Brilliant. It was a concert about "simply being good to one another," and was formed around 5 sections from Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria's Christmas motet, "Missa 'O Magnum Mysterium,' " Included in the concert were a song by Music Director Jonathan Miller, "Half Asleep in Prayer," based on a Mark Jarman "Unholy Sonnet." It is a lovely, quiet and subversive song that is chant-like, but which jars you awake and makes you smile with a most surprising chord sequence toward the end. We also heard three "Songs of Ecstasy" by composer Gwyneth Walker, based on three poems by Trappist monk (and, despite this, famous) poet Thomas Merton. Beautifully contemplative while also expressively "ecstatic," particularly in the part-writing, these songs, composed using a most contemporary musical vocabulary, are riveting. The composer was present for this Midwest premiere of the cycle and engaged in a qu ...
O Lord, send us chosen messengers and teachers, lovers of worship and of art who will restore with chaste and noble works the beauty of your house! May they teach us to see with pure heart the splendor of your Son Jesus Christ and to express what we have seen in images worthy of so grat a vision. ~Thomas Merton
A reflection on the sacramental of ashes that we receive on Ash Wednesday. DIRECTIONS Even the darkest moments of the liturgy are filled with joy. And Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lent fast, is a day of happiness, a Christian feast. It cannot be otherwise, as it forms part of the great Easter cycle (Thomas Merton). On Ash Wednesday small children are thrilled to receive ashes. We can tell them simply that ashes are placed on our foreheads to remind us that someday we will die and go home to heaven. For older children we need to go more deeply into the origin and significance of the day. The season of holy Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, a solemn day of fast and abstinence. The day receives its special name from the blessing and imposition of ashes in the form of a cross on our foreheads. "Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Ashes, made by burning palms blessed the previous Palm Sunday, symbolize the transience of our earthly status. The body must fall temporarily into dus ...
The great danger is that under the pressures of anxiety and fear, the alternation of crisis and relaxation and new crisis, the people of the world will come to accept gradually the idea of war, the idea of submission to total power, and the abdication of reason, spirit and individual conscience. The great peril of the...cold war is the progressive deadening of conscience. - Thomas Merton
Gospel: Jesus said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Luke 5:4 For reflection: Let us not fear the responsibilities and the inevitable distractions of the work appointed for us by the will of God. Let us embrace reality and thus find ourselves immersed in the life-giving will and wisdom of God which surrounds us everywhere. Thomas Merton, 'Thoughts in Solitude' _ Welcome to Ecumenism: Reflections & News For more information about ecumenical events and resources, please visit www.sacc.asn.au and/or www.ncca.org.au. South Australian Council of Churches: nurturing and nourishing the understanding, spiritual growth and practice of ecumenism across the Churches of South Australia We are generally open Monday-Thursday, 9am - 3pm. We suggest, however, that you ring us on 8215 0300 if you are planning to drop by SACC Office - this will ensure we can arrange for someone to be here to welcome you. _ SA Council of Churches - News, Events & Resources ...
"The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Peter, James and John, the God of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Merton and Mother Teresa is present in the garbage dump if we know how to look. He is the same God I encounter in religious experience, the Ultimate Mind, the Creative Designer, the God who is consuming fire. In this encounter, I find reasons to believe that the cosmos is rationally ordered; it has a purpose; it is conducive to the realization of beauty and goodness, truth and creativity, and, finally, reasons to believe that the idea of a Creator God is coherent, plausible, and existentially satisfying." (From Faith and Struggle on Smokey Mountain: Hope for a Planet in Peril)
I want to be a hermit like Thomas Merton was and live in deep solitude in nature. Fantasizing about moving into a cottage in the woods, with my beloved pets, and writing out the voices in my head until the day I die. Who knows. It might happen!
I'm fascinated with Thomas Merton. Anybody read him?
Following our calling: Beyond self-development benefits I have been reading Pema Chodron’s new book, Taking The Leap – Freeing ourselves from old habits and fears. The opening chapter offers a powerful suggestion about our responsibility to look beyond our own spiritual enlightenment. The point is something I have encountered in many different ways as I have studied and grown over the years. Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton are two others I have read who have approached this issue in ways that resonate with me…. Most recently Richard Rohr has offered the most growth for me in this way of looking at true calling. Pema asks, does personal spiritual satisfaction, and all the work we do in that realm for our own satisfaction “help to address what’s happening in our world?” Her follow up question is, “The main question is, are we living in a way that adds further aggression and self-centeredness to the mix, or are we adding some much-needed sanity?”. What I now sense heart wise, is that we ha ...
"If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study *** " ~ Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Justin Timberlake, and Marcus Mumford all share a birthday today. This feels quite important but I don't know why.
Thomas Merton's birthday is today. It brings to mind our visit to Gethsemane while we were on the road. Merton's voice continues to inspire and challenge.
The next president is going to have to be prepared to immediately step in without hesitation and end our involvement in Iraq. Joe Biden, 2007 January 31 Birthdays Justin Timberlake turns 32 Kerry Washington turns 36 Jackie Robinson (1919 - 1972) Zane Grey (1872 - 1939) Portia Derossi turns 40 Danielle Campbell turns 18 Carol Channing turns 92 Michael John Burkett turns 46 Nolan Ryan turns 66 John Lydon turns 57 Ernie Banks turns 82 Preity Zinta turns 38 Kelly Lynch turns 54 Minnie Driver turns 43 Eddie Cantor (1892 - 1964) Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968) Suzanne Pleshette (1937 - 2008) Dexter Fletcher turns 47 Philip Glass turns 76 Marcus Mumford turns 26 Bobby Moynihan turns 35 - All January 31 Birthdays January 31 In History 1971 - American astronauts Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blast off to the moon aboard Apollo 14. Shepard demonstrated his golf skills on the moon. 1950 - U.S. President Harry Truman announces that development has started on the hydrogen bomb, a weapon hundreds of ...
A sermon delivered by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers at Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, on Sunday, February 20, 2011. A Lutheran pastor/theologian in Nazi Germany. A Catholic laywoman and journalist in New York City. A black Baptist preacher in the American South. A Trappist monk in Kentucky. These four individuals – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thomas Merton – came from very different backgrounds and lived in very different social contexts. And yet, they were all drawn to the way of nonviolence. Indeed, they became four of the most influential advocates of Christian nonviolence in the twentieth century. What brought them to this place? What did these four apostles of nonviolence have in common? Quite simply, it was the Sermon on the Mount. The German Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was profoundly influenced by Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In a letter to his brother Karl-Friedrich, in 1935, he wrote: “I believe I know that inwardly I shall be real ...
The Catholic monk Thomas Merton wrote about "Peace born of love." and "Peace born of anesthesia." I have been meditating on that a bit.
There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence...activism and overwork. Thomas Merton, quoted by P. Scazzero, Daily Office
Thomas Merton~ A bad book about the love of God remains a bad book.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky.
Saw this Thomas Merton book in our local independent bookstore. Looks interesting. Going to check it out.
"Blake: Thomas Merton was her way of saying goodbye. Reid: Yeah." NO
Photoset: “Who’s Thomas Merton? Who is he?” “He’s the one thing you can never take from us.”
I am an unskilled white Buddhist, but this is true: When I pay homage to the efforts of Kwame Toure (Stokely Carmichael) I do more for Black folks than the entire Black Guerrilla family combined. When I honor the wisdom of Thomas Merton, I represent for Caucasians more than the whole Aryan Brotherhood. When I am moved by Oscar Romero's legacy, these sentiments are more powerful than every action of the Mexican mafia. When I read Wei Jingsheng, it means more than all the banquets Obama has with his fascist Chinese friends. Gangsters, be they incarcerated humans or corrupt governments, live with great power, but they die an empty death. I do not know how I will die, but I am increasingly happy with how I am living, and I believe that will translate into a good death that is full, and righteous, and pure.
Give me humility in which alone is rest, and deliver me from pride which is the heaviest of burdens. And possess my whole heart with the simplicity of love… (Thomas Merton). &nb...
The prayers of Martin Luther King Jr. BY John Dear S.J. Recently, I came across a new collection of prayers by Martin Luther King Jr., Thou, Dear God: Prayers that Open Hearts and Spirits  (edited by Lewis V. Baldwin, Beacon Press, 2012). For his birthday today, I thought I'd offer here a sample of those prayers to encourage us on our journey so we might be, like Dr. King, people of prayer, peace, justice and nonviolence. His prayers, of course, raise questions about our own prayers. To whom do we pray? How do we pray? What do we ask for? Thomas Merton taught us the apophatic prayer of sitting in the void, in darkness, while St. Ignatius Loyola taught us to use our imaginations and fantasize about the Gospel (pick a story, imagine you are in it, feel what it's like, notice what Jesus looks like, listen to what he says to you, and so forth). Medieval monks taught lectio divina, reading the scriptures prayerfully, while others emphasize the prayer of communal liturgy and Gospel hymns. Personally, I recom ...
A little Thomas Merton for this cold but beautiful Monday morning (at least where I am sitting). When no one listens to the quiet trees When no one notices the sun in the pool Where no one feels the first drop of rain Or sees the last star Or hails the first morning of a giant world Where peace begins and rages end: One bird sits still watching the work of God: One turning leaf, two falling blossoms, Ten circles upon the pond. One cloud upon the hillside, two shadows in the valley and the light strikes home. Now dawn commands the capture of the tallest fortune, The surrender of no less marvelous prize! Closer and nearer than any worldly master, Thou inward Stranger Whom I have never seen, Deeper and cleaner than the clamorous ocean, Seize upon my silence, hold me in Thy Hand! Now act is waste and suffering undone Laws become prodigals, Limits are torn down For envy has no property and passion is none. Look, the vast Light stands still, our cleanest Light is One! In The Strange Islands, New Directions, pub ...
In his lifetime, Thomas Merton was hailed as a prophet and censured for his outspoken social criticism. For nearly 27 years he was a monk of the austere Trappist order, where he became an eloquent spiritual writer and mystic as well as an anti-war advocate and witness to peace.
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” ― Thomas Merton (from Jim Palmer)
When in the soul of the serene disciple With no more Fathers to imitate Poverty is a success, It is a small thing to say the roof is gone: He has not even a house. Stars, as well as friends, Are angry with the noble ruin. Saints depart in several directions. Be still: There is no longer any need of comment. It was a lucky wind That blew away his halo with his cares, A lucky sea that drowned his reputation. Here you will find Neither a proverb nor a memorandum. There are no ways, No methods to admire Where poverty is no achievement. His God lives in his emptiness like an affliction. What choice remains? Well, to be ordinary is not a choice: It is the usual freedom Of men without visions. by Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)
This is an interesting article! Man, did that make me understand that this is one of my main concerns about people I know about their religion. I have discussed the word thinking that what I quoted they knew very well.and they don't... and they seems not interested in knowing either..That suprised me every time. Now I understand why...They don't want to know, because if they would, they would have to come up with an answer, an answer they don't like. Yes, Protestants do tend to live out of the breath of their "Saints"... their preachers who are not too well walked in the spirit of the Lord... Seven Underlying Themes of Richard Rohr's Teachings First Theme: Scripture as validated by experience, and experience as validated by Tradition, are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview (METHODOLOGY). Both Groups Used (or Ignored) Scripture Inside of a Small Self Number 8 of 57 Thomas Merton said it was actually dangerous to put the Scriptures in the hands of people whose inner self is not yet sufficiently aw ...
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