Thomas Merton (1915-1968), who was baptized Catholic in 1938, became a Trappist monk in the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky in 1941. Also a scholar and a man of letters, Merton’s works include more than 30 books, as well as poems, essays and lectures. This book was first published in 1955 and is among Merton’s most accessible and enduring contributions to spiritual literature.
No Man Is an Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the "basic verities on which the spiritual life depends." Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton's deep awareness that we are all called to "live not for ourselves but for others." The first essay, "Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away," is a spiritual classic.
"This volume is a stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to find the meaning of human existence and to live the richest, fullest and noblest life." Chicago Tribune
Read by Jonathan Montaldo (7 compact discs; approx. 7 hours)