A Year with Thomas Merton

A Year with Thomas Merton

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A 365 daily with inspirational and provocative selections from the journals of Thomas Merton combined with drawings and photographs by Merton.

This volume of daily inspiration from Thomas Merton draws from Merton's journals and papers to present, each day, a seasonally appropriate and thought-provoking insight or observation.
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A 365 daily with inspirational and provocative selections from the journals of Thomas Merton combined with drawings and photographs by Merton.

This volume of daily inspiration from Thomas Merton draws from Merton's journals and papers to present, each day, a seasonally appropriate and thought-provoking insight or observation.
Each month will begin with one of Merton's delightful pen-and-ink drawings or one of his elegant black-and-white photographs.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The writings and ideas of Trappist monk Merton (1915 68) have attracted a great deal of contemplation and study. At once devoutly and austerely Catholic and indubitably modern, Merton has helped to broaden the picture of Catholic devotion for countless readers. This calendrical anthology is drawn from the whole span of his life and includes excerpts from his journals, diaries, and other writings, showing how Merton "learned that Love is everybody's language. Love's grammar binds us to everyone through all times and places." For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061757679
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
507,336
File size:
1 MB

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A Year with Thomas Merton
Daily Meditations from His Journals

January 1

A Breath of Zen

Fidelity to grace in my life is fidelity to simplicity, rejecting ambition and analysis and elaborate thought, or even elaborate concern.

A breath of Zen blows all these cobwebs out the window.

It is certainly true that what is needed is to get back to the "original face" and drop off all the piled-up garments of thought that do not fit me and are not "mine" -- but to take only what is nameless.

I have been absurdly burdened since the beginning of the year with the illusions of "great responsibility" and of a task to be done. Actually whatever work is to be done is God's work and not mine, and I will not help matters, only hinder them, by too much care.

Sunrise -- an event that calls forth solemn music in the very depths of one's being, as if one's whole being had to attune itself to the cosmos and praise God for a new day, praise Him in the name of all the beings that ever were or ever will be -- as though now upon me falls the responsibility of seeing what all my ancestors have seen, and acknowledging it, and praising God, so that, whether or not they praised God back then, themselves, they can do so now in me.

Sunrise demands this rightness, this order, this true disposition of one's whole being.

January 20–21, 1963, IV. 291–92

A Year with Thomas Merton
Daily Meditations from His Journals
. Copyright © by Thomas Merton. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. Merton's works have had a profound impact on contemporary religious and philosophical thought. He is best known for his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation.

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Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lavenderlady2 More than 1 year ago
These daily readings from Merton's journals provide me with spiritual nourishment and motivation to live the spiritual journey in its fullness.
MarkEStanger More than 1 year ago
This is a good "daily devotional". Familiarity with the circumstances and life stages of Merton, briefly supplied by the introduction, is probably necessary for those who may be encountering his writing for the first time. The book itself is really beautiful in size, design, layout...the whole feel of it. Really good for quiet time. The "Bridges" series recommended below (8 books, I think) are designed for group study but also make excellent private daily or weekly devotionals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... for those of us who wish to attempt contemplation, and the integration of sacred solitude into our busy earthly lives. It serves as a window in the daily doubts and struggles of this dedicated contemplative monk and hermit.
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