Life and Holiness is Thomas Merton's classic text on incorporating spirituality into everyday life. Merton here makes clear that he was a monk who knew the world. Of course, Merton lived a secular life until he became a Trappist monk in his late twenties, but even in the monastery he was deeply engaged in the questions of his day. In this succinct and readily accessible work, he offers compelling thoughts on what it means to be holy in the face of the anxieties of the modern age. Henri J. M. Nouwen offers his own personal memories of his one encounter with Merton.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to the 1996 Edition||3|
|II||The Testing of Ideals||33|
|III||Christ, the Way||53|
|IV||The Life of Faith||71|
|V||Growth in Christ||85|
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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.
In concrete, down-to-earth terms, Merton explores how to incorporate a robust Roman Catholic spirituality in an active, contemporary life. Although he was writing as a monk, Merton's call to personal holiness in the active, non-monastic life is incisive, convincing and completely on point. Merton explains in clear terms how one can, and indeed must, maintain deep, active concern for the events that surround us, and be an active participant in these events, in order to cultivate and fully develop our individual capacity for personal holiness. A tremendous work, highly recommendable for anyone seeking guidance regarding how a passionate spirituality can be integrated into an active and busy life.