Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist monk, author, and peacea activist, came to international prominence at a young age with his classic autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain. Over the rest of his life he wrote prolifically on a vast range of topics, including prayer, interior growth, social responsibility, violence, and war. Toward the end of his life he played a significant role in introducing Eastern religions to the West. He is regarded today as a spiritual master, a brilliant religious writer. and a man who embodied the quest for God and human solidarity in the modern world.
Life and Holinessby Thomas Merton
2013 Reprint of 1963 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This is Merton's Guide to basic principles of Roman Catholic spirituality for lay and religious aspirants. With a simplicity of language and an intellectual candor that exemplify the purity of his vision, Merton here traces the basic principles of the spiritual life.
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In 'Life and Holiness', Merton perfectly outlines what it means to be Holy. To most, Holiness is something you'd know if you saw, but could never fully explain. Merton tackles this mystery systematically, and throughout the work, paints a picture of holiness as it applies to Christian community life. I can't think of any other man who could better explain holiness than one who dedicated his life to the Lord's work. Merton's works have assisted me in my own discernment, but also in my daily life. His words will echoe for eternity.