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A fourth visit to The Seven Storey Mountain

Early on in his memoir, when Thomas Merton was still an agnostic—at best—he was ill enough to consider death. He was still in his teens, a reluctant student in a parochial school. 305 more words

A Student Of Faith

POETRY: North, by Thomas Merton

(Based on Dr. James Laws’s Journal of the Kane Relief Expedition – 1855 – in Stefansson Collection at Dartmouth)


Morning came at last
The storm over we sighted… 1,281 more words


The Way of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi, Thomas Merton (translator)

The Way of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After finishing and enjoying “Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings” I was still hungry for more Taoist writings. 120 more words


Artistic Lost and Found

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton

City Monks vs. Country Monks. Can you really find inner peace anywhere?

Is a city environment detrimental to a rich spiritual life? As someone who commutes to and works in New York City, it is easy to see how the distractions of the city could easily extinguish your spiritual light. 718 more words

Inner Peace

The "I don't know" Prayer

Kris Rooney here.  For my morning prayer today, I quieted myself and thought about what I wanted to say to God.  The first words out were, “I don’t know.”  There are things happening that I don’t have answers for, not just in my life (nothing earth-shattering) but in the world  (quite earth-shattering).   224 more words

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1 Matthew Fox in an interview says; “One of my main works or accomplishments was recovering the mystical tradition of Christianity. 393 more words

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