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When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature

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Millions know Thomas Merton as the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, the autobiography that became an international bestseller and a modern spiritual classic. Merton, a prolific spiritual writer and social activist, inspired a generation from the silence and solitude of a Trappist monastery. Decades after his death, he remains a modern spiritual master, a source of wisdom on peace, racial harmony, poverty, ...
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When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature

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Overview

Millions know Thomas Merton as the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, the autobiography that became an international bestseller and a modern spiritual classic. Merton, a prolific spiritual writer and social activist, inspired a generation from the silence and solitude of a Trappist monastery. Decades after his death, he remains a modern spiritual master, a source of wisdom on peace, racial harmony, poverty, alienation, and the engagement of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.

Now Merton is also revealed as a man whose spirituality is rooted in nature, an environmentalist ahead of his time. His writings on nature serve as a primer on eco-spirituality. He approaches ecology as a spiritual issue, one that exposes the degree of human alienation from the sacredness of the planet.

When The Trees Say Nothing gathers for the first time over 300 of Merton's nature writings, grouping them thematically into sections on the seasons, elements, creatures and other topics. Edited by Merton scholar Kathleen Deignan, the collection is cohesive and accessible, drawing from both Merton's public writings and his recently published private journals. The lyrical writings are enhanced with Deignan's own informative Introduction, along with a Foreword by Thomas Berry, renowned spiritual mentor for the environmental movement.

Unique and powerful on its own,When the Trees Say Nothing is enhanced with the art of John B. Giuliani, known for his stunning iconography. Giuliani's drawings harmonize exquisitely with Merton's meditations on nature, making When the Trees Say Nothing a spiritual and aesthetic prize.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933495903
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2015
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Foreword 13
Introduction: "The Forest Is My Bride" 21
Chapter 1 "To Know Living Things" 43
Chapter 2 Seasons 55
Autumn 55
Winter 59
Spring 65
Summer 70
Chapter 3 Elements 75
Earth 75
Air 79
Fire 81
Water 84
Chapter 4 Firmament 87
Sky and Clouds 87
Sun and Moon 93
Planets and Stars 96
Chapter 5 Creatures 103
Butterflies and Birds 103
Rams and Lambs 115
Rodents and Rabbits 116
Horses and Cattle 118
Snakes and Frogs 121
Deer and Dogs 124
Bees and Bugs 130
Chapter 6 Festivals 135
Rain 135
Flowers 144
Trees 147
Chapter 7 Presences 151
Mountains 151
Chapter 8 Sanctuary 161
Forest 161
Postscript: Sophia 179
Notes 181
Abbreviations 181
Bibliography 187
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