When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature

When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature

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First published in 2003 and now available in paperback to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Thomas Merton's birth, When the Trees Say Nothing has sold more than 60,000 copies and continually inspires readers with its unique collection of Merton's luminous writings on nature, arranged for reflection and meditation.

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk, author, poet, social commentator, and perhaps the most influential and widely published spiritual writer of the twentieth century. In When the Trees Say Nothing, editor Kathleen Deignan sheds new light on Merton by focusing on a neglected theme of his writing: the natural world as a manifestation of the divine.

Drawing from Merton's voluminous writing on nature, Deignan has thematically assembled a collection of lucid, poetic reflections. Chapters on the four elements, the seasons, the Earth and its creatures, and the sun, moon, and stars provide brief passages from his diverse works that reveal the presence of God in creation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933495514
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 664,630
File size: 787 KB

About the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential spiritual masters of the twentieth century. A monk, poet, spiritual writer, and social activist, he is perhaps best known for his spiritual autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. While his writing demonstrated a love for the natural world, When the Trees Say Nothing brings his words on nature together in one place for the first time.

Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame and GreenFaith Fellow, is a teaching theologian, psalmist, and composer of more than 200 songs for liturgy and prayer published by Schola Ministries. She is a professor of religious studies at Iona College, where she founded and directs the Iona Spirituality Institute, animates the Merton Contemplative Initiative, and is cofounder of the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue.

Internationally known artist John Giuliani is an American spiritual and cultural treasure. His widely acclaimed works, which typically blend Native American images with traditional Christian iconography, are displayed in churches across the United States. Giuliani oversees The Benedictine Grange, a spiritual center in West Redding, Connecticut, which he founded in 1977.

Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was a priest, an environmentalist, and the author of many books, including The Dream of the Earth.
Thomas Merton (1915–1968) is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential spiritual masters of the twentieth century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than seventy books, mostly on spirituality, social justice, and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.
Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, is a teaching theologian, psalmist, and composer of more than 200 songs for liturgy and prayer produced by Schola Ministries. She received her master’s degree in spirituality studies and her doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University in New York, where she studied with her mentor, the late geologian Fr. Thomas Berry, in whose honor she and three other Berry students founded The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona.

Deignan is a professor of religious studies at Iona College, where she founded and directs the Iona Spirituality Institute, a project for the celebration and study of the spiritual life. The institute has sponsored her work in interfaith dialogue, peace and justice studies, and spiritual animation in the United States and abroad, particularly in Ireland where she has worked to foster the legacy of Thomas Merton. In 2009, she received Fordham’s Sapientia et Doctrina Award for her work in spirituality and, in 2014, an honorary degree from her alma mater, Sacred Heart University.

An editor of five books, including A Book of Hours (Sorin Books, 2007), Deignan has also written many articles that have appeared in The Way, Review for Religious, Sisters Today, The Merton Seasonal, The Merton Annual, Cross Currents, Franciscan Review, Diakonia, Sacred Journey and Monastic Interreligious Dialogue Bulletin. Deignan is a GreenFaith Fellow, and former president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She sits on the boards of The American Teilhard Association, The International Thomas Merton Society, GreenFaith, and The Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Foreword13
Introduction: "The Forest Is My Bride"21
Chapter 1"To Know Living Things"43
Chapter 2Seasons55
Autumn55
Winter59
Spring65
Summer70
Chapter 3Elements75
Earth75
Air79
Fire81
Water84
Chapter 4Firmament87
Sky and Clouds87
Sun and Moon93
Planets and Stars96
Chapter 5Creatures103
Butterflies and Birds103
Rams and Lambs115
Rodents and Rabbits116
Horses and Cattle118
Snakes and Frogs121
Deer and Dogs124
Bees and Bugs130
Chapter 6Festivals135
Rain135
Flowers144
Trees147
Chapter 7Presences151
Mountains151
Chapter 8Sanctuary161
Forest161
Postscript: Sophia179
Notes181
Abbreviations181
Bibliography187

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