Thoughts in Solitude

Thoughts in Solitude

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by Thomas Merton, Jonathan Montaldo
     
 

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As timely now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. In thoughtful and eloquent prose, Merton writes of our inalienable right to solitude and interior freedom. Society, he tells us, depends for its

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As timely now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. In thoughtful and eloquent prose, Merton writes of our inalienable right to solitude and interior freedom. Society, he tells us, depends for its existence on the personal solitude of its members.

Merton writes: “When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate."

Thoughts in Solitude stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton's most enduring and popular works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616368432
Publisher:
Franciscan Media
Publication date:
10/15/2014
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 5.89(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author


Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a writer, a mystic, a poet, a social activist and a Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. His writings include such classics as The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Zen and the Birds of Appetite. Merton is the author of more than seventy books, which include poetry, personal journals, collections of letters, social criticism, and writings on peace, justice, and ecumenism. He is considered one of the foremost spiritual guides of our times, and someone who pioneered interfaith dialogue and understanding and helped build Western understanding of mysticism and contemplation.

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Thoughts in Solitude 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I heard from a friend about Thomas Merton. My friend was Catholic and I was not entirely certain that I would like this book, but I was surprised. Merton's thoughts and meditations are not only applicable to Christians of all denominations, but to those of any faith as well as those seeking faith. We spend so much time focusing on church and our friends that it is surprising how well Merton shifts the focus back inside, helping the reader take a deep look at themselves. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone, spiritual or not.
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