But let us not forget that delinquency itself is simply a spontaneous form of non-political protest and revolt. The approach to the coming crucial labor and economic problems will be even more anguished than we have feared. Thomas Merton's wisdom, contemplative spirit, and moral authority as one aligned through solitude and prayer with the living tradition astounds me. My other copy is in storage and needed another copy to keep handy. Thus the struggle for the bill has also demonstrated that, in order to exercise the rights which the law protects, the Negro and anyone else whose rights are in fact denied is going to have to obtain some form of power. Merton is in the company of such writers as Henry Nouwen, St.
Thomas Merton's words and insight have guided a countless number of seekers toward God's light, offering them a new way of being, an awareness that each of us is one of His beloved children. Tragically, he was accidentally electrocuted while in Thailand at a conference of Christian and non-Christian monks. To be specific, we are bound to search history, that is to say the intelligible actions of men, for some indications of their inner significance, and some relevance to our commitment as Christians. In the light of these events, the following words of Pope Paul have a special seriousness and urgency: If the Church were to discover some shadow, some defect, some stain upon her wedding garment, what should be her instinctive, courageous reaction? His Seeds of Contemplation 1949 are now seeds of world destruction Choice 2 June 1965 : 238. Laird 1965 23 Merton, Thomas Father Merton's many writings have given him a high reputation as a religious leader and social Christ, John M. Certainly they have a better sense of grasping and understanding and preserving a sense of Christian culture. At times we are perhaps rashly inclined to find this distinction reassuring.
Dooley 1965 18 Merton's 'Seeds of Destruction' A monk is a man who is not of the world, a man set apart. It is the salvation of man in and through history, through temporal decisions made for love of Christ, the Redeemer and Lord of History. We seem not to have realized this as well as. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition.
We claim to possess the only effective and basically sincere formula for world peace because we alone are truly honest in our claim to respect the human person. I am sure He sees whatever reality is there. But he was not necessarily right in attributing this to the law as such. When the Civil Rights bill passed, a Southern Senator tragically declared that this would only add to the hatred. He does not suspect us as our enemies do. His life and career were suddenly cut short at age 53, when he was electrocuted stepping out of his bath.
A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Summary Thomas Merton 1915-1968 is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Let me cite an example. His diaries, social commentary, and spiritual writings continue to be widely read thirty years after his untimely death in 1968. New Seeds of Contemplation is an excellent example of his easy style while explaining the unexplainable. These were not the actions of Catholics, but they took place in a region where many Catholics have explicitly and formally identified themselves with racial segregation and therefore with the denial of certain vital civil rights to Negroes. May have some damage to the cover but integrity still intact.
Book Week 2 17 January 1965 :4. His work continues to be widely read to this day. Richard Horchler 1965 22 Merton's Words of Challenge Thomas Merton is one of the authentic Christian voices in our time, and we can be grateful that his Laird, James H. This of course is what the white South very well knows, and it is what the white Liberal has failed to understand. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. So it happens that now, after the passage of the bill, a new, tougher Negro leadership promises to emerge, no longer moderate and non-violent, and much more disposed to make sinister and effective use of the threat of force implied by the great concentration of frustrated, angry and workless Negroes in the ghettoes of the North.
Yet as Christians we are committed to an attempt to read an ultimate and transcendent meaning in temporal events that flow from human choices. I do intend to say at what point I and Christians who think as I do become morally obligated to dissent. Merton was also a proponent of inter-religious dialogue, engaging in spiritual dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and D. That the Negro, North and South, was more determined to take matters into his own hands, since he was convinced that even the liberal white man was not prepared to give him anything beyond fair promises and a certain abstract good will. We have to admit that this meaning is often provisional and sometimes beyond our grasp. Francis Sweeney 1965 27 Fiery Words on Race from a Monk Of all the words that have been written on the subject of race relations, these in this new book by Pasley, Virginia Newsday 2 January 1965 : 16w. Commentary April 1965 : 90-94.
Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. His death was something that had been meditated, imagined, desired and needed in a profound and savage way that made it in some sense inevitable. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition. At the same time the systematic lawlessness and violence with which the opponents of Civil Rights legislation have set their own rights above those guaranteed by the law, have effectively undermined the respect which the Negroes themselves may have had for the legal and administrative agencies that are supposed to keep order and protect rights. America 112 16 January 1965 : 83-84.