His view of God is truly humbling, putting man in his place of profound ignorance when it comes to 'knowing' God. Keep me from the murder of lust that blinds and poisons my heart. The part he played in my conversion, by that book, was very great.
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Merton was also a proponent of int Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century.
There were a couple of chapters and some parts of the book I glossed over because I am reluctant to believe it is possible to arrive at perfection as a contemplative. He returned to his maternal grandparents in Long Island and went to Columbia in the winter of Yet it is not such a sweet soft book that hides darkness.
The following year he received an M. Thankfully he also writes much that I had already discovered myself, and thus affirms lots in which I felt really alone. John of the Cross is cited as one of the greatest mystics in the Christian tradition, and I was inclined to agree for many years, until I began reading Seeds of Contemplationwhen I was in my first year of spiritual formation in the seminary.
At any rate, the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance. Bramachari was his name, and he earned Merton's respect quickly by his good humor and his inability to criticize in a judgmental way, even when making statements about the hypocrisy of most western sects.
Merton himself came to view these fortuitous events as the work of grace.
Thoma Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton's earlier book Seeds of Contemplation. And other bad things that we can mistake for love. He was an advocate of civil rights, a critic of Vietnam and nuclear proliferation, and an au If I could rate this as higher than 5 stars, I would.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. You can almost hear contemplatioon struggling to find his path in this book.
New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
Now, having read seevs Christian masters of meditation like Richard Rohr, I had a much different experience. Worse, buried within this advocacy for a contemplative life lies a condescension that I found grating. Merton, who embraced a syncretic spirituality that resonates wholly with my own, brings a beautiful balance of East and West to his observations.
Merton made of this vow a living reality-disappearing as a separate personality and transforming conteplation life into a testament for humankind. However, nothing I've read in a long time has done as much to make me doubt components of my faith and even wonder whether I am really that much of a Christian.
New Seeds of Contemplation
It is a death for the sake of life, which leaves behind all that we can know or treasure as life, as thought, as experience as joy, as being. Even though sickly, Merton did not complain during the three years he spent in hermitage there. I found these very inspiring and excellent for meditation. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Thomas was six years old when she died, and she would not allow the child to see her in the hospital in the last few weeks.
Maybe it is because as he says numerous times he is dealing with a subject that cannot be easily written about.
For just as the wind car A 20th Century Christian mystic, Thomas Merton is far and away one of my favorite authors. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He joked about this situation but never complained about it. This trip was the culmination and fulfillment of his studies of the Eastern traditions.
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In meton we also learn firsthand the insights he gained from the people and places he encountered along the way. And then my mind drifted towards Plutarch and his more nuanced understanding of our moral and spiritual failings.
The reader always gets the impression that "here is something alive, Merton is telling me something real, he is sharing profound discoveries that have significance for my life here in the 20th century.
If you write only for yourself you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted you will wish that you were dead.
Quotes from New Seeds of Cont It is very observant of the human condition and the various states of ennui and incompleteness that we face.