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 The Contemplative Works of Thomas Merton

Conjectures of a Guilty BystanderConjectures of a Guilty Bystander
Thomas Merton
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In this series of notes, opinions, experiences and reflections, Merton examines some of the most urgent questions of our age. This is Merton at his best: detached but not dispassionate, humorous yet sensitive, at all times alive and searching and with that facility of language that has made him one of the most widely read spiritual writers of this century.
     

 
A Book of HoursA Book of Hours
Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton was the most popular proponent of the Christian contemplative tradition in the twentieth century. Now, for the first time, some of his most lyrical and prayerful writings have been arranged into A Book of Hours, a rich resource for daily prayer and contemplation that imitates the increasingly popular ancient monastic practice of "praying the hours". Editor Kathleen Deignan mined Merton's voluminous writings, arranging prayers for Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Dark for each of the days of the week. A Book of Hours allows for a slice of monastic contemplation in the midst of hectic modern life, with psalms, prayers, readings, and reflections.
     

 
Echoing SilenceEchoing Silence
Thomas Merton
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"Merton has been for many both a spiritual master and the symbol of the century for American Catholics,"---Christian Century. Pieces on writing as a spiritual calling, the Christian writer in a secular society, the mysteries and joys of poetry, essays/criticism on contemporary authors, second opinions of his own work. 224 pages, softcover. New Seeds.
     

 
A Thomas Merton ReaderA Thomas Merton Reader
Thomas McDonnell
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McDonnell faithfully excerpts the full range of Merton in his writings as contemplative, spiritual writer, poet, peacemaker, man among men, and servant of God. "Merton has been for many both a spiritual master and the symbol of the century for American Catholics,"---Christian Century. 528 pages, softcover. Image.
     

 
The Vision of Thomas MertonThe Vision of Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton's vision of life and faith was broad and all-encompassing. It ranged from the Hebrew prophets to the peace movement, from the Desert Fathers and Mothers to contemporary Buddhism, and from literature to science. And it found expresion in diverse forms--in poetry, prose, journals, letters, and photography. This collection of essays by distinquished Merton scholars was compiled in honor of the late Robert E. Daggy, longtime director of the Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Reflecting Merton's diverse interests and talents, the collection includes articles on Merton's view of faith, his monastic commitment, his relationship with his father, his interest in quantum physics, the role of nature in his spirituality, his poetry, and his dialogue with the Eastern traditions. Written by the editors of the recently published The Journals of Thomas Merton, these articles offer new insights into the complex and fascinating life of this great spiritual leader.
     

 
The Inner Experience: Notes on ContemplationThe Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation
Thomas Merton
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(PUBHarperSanFrancisco)Faithfully compiled by William Shannon, this is Merton's final statement on contemplation, which he felt went to the heart of monasticism, indeed of all religious experience. "Merton has been for many both a spiritual master and the symbol of the century for American Catholics,"---Christian Century. 192 pages, softcover.
     

 
The Wisdom of the DesertThe Wisdom of the Desert
Thomas Merton
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This book was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books--surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit. The personal tone of the translations, the blend of revernce and humor so characteristic of him, show how deeply Merton identified with the legendary authors of these sayings and parables, the fourth-century Christian Fathers who sought solitude and contemplation in the deserts of the Near East.
     

 
The New ManThe New Man
Thomas Merton
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Through an exploration of spiritual identity, The New Man showcases Thomas Merton's theological philosphies at their most insightful. Merton asks: What must we do to recover possession of our true character? By way of an answer, he discusses how we have become strangers to ourselves through our dependence on outward identity and success, all the while overlooking our real need: a concern with the image of god within ourselves. At a time when the secular world is increasingly suffused with spiritual sentiment, Thomas remains required reading for the pursuit of personal enlightenment.
     

 
Zen and the Birds of AppetiteZen and the Birds of Appetite
Thomas Merton
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Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners. This collection, which represents the best of his lucid essays on Zen from the 1960s, has gone through 20 printings since 1968.
     

 

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Dialogues with SilenceDialogues with Silence
Thomas Merton
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Dialogues with Silence invites the reader to enter into that sacred realm of contemplation where we listen in silence and await the divine presence in our lives, where emptiness becomes the juncture for the interchange between the outer and inner worlds, where darkness is transformed into light - the place where the voice of God is revealed.
     

 
Contemplative PrayerContemplative Prayer
Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton approaches the topic of contemplative prayer from a devotional and practical point of view, steering the believer in the direction of understanding the greatness of God and the needfulness of humans. His focus is structured in a way which follows after the view of Augustine, looking at God's ability to know us better than we know ourselves.
     

 
Life and HolinessLife and Holiness
Thomas Merton
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In Life and Holiness, Thomas Merton makes clear that he was a monk who knew the world. Of course, Merton lived for years in the world before he became a Trappist monk. Then, in the monastery, he was deeply engaged in the questions of the day. In this brief and readily accessible work, Merton offers his thoughts on what it means to be holy in the face of the anxieties of our day. "The Christian cannot separate his life from the real world of work and struggle in which he lives", Merton writes.
     

 

 
Praying the PsalmsPraying the Psalms
Thomas Merton
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In Bread in the Wilderness, Merton looks at the psalms as poetry; in this book he regards them as prayer. Guiding you through the more representative psalms, he explains why the Church also considers the psalms as the best way to praise God.

"Merton shows us how to draw out the richness of worship from the psalter and to use it to achieve 'the peace that comes from submission to God's will and from perfect confidence in him.'" -Catholic Review Service
     


 
Spiritual Direction & MeditationSpiritual Direction & Meditation
Thomas Merton
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This booklet contains a revised and considerably expanded version of the material on spiritual direction and meditation which appeared, in installments, in the magazine Sponsa Regis. The first part is addressed to the Christian, particularly the religious, who seeks a spiritual director or who has one, and wishes to take full advantage of his opportunities. At the same time, it is hoped that some priests who are too shy to regard themselves as potential "spiritual directors" may, by reading these pages, learn to overcome their natural hesitations and, relying on the help of God, be emboldened to give advice and encouragement in the confessional when there is time to do so.
     

 
Opening the BibleOpening the Bible
Thomas Merton
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To open a book at all is to question it, to ask what one may find in it. What kind of book is the Bible? This question is the sort any reader implicitly asks of any book. The purpose of this book is to consider some of the special questions and problems which surround the Bible itself- a book for which all blurbs are impossible.
     
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