Time apart is not simply a gift to oneself, it is a necessity. Acknowledging our total dependence on God and our need for him is vital for all our relationships. With one of the greatest modern spiritual writers as our guide, Esther de Waal provides a complete resource, including practical helps, for a retreat over seven days that can be taken at home or in any quiet place.
The celebrated spiritual writer Thomas Merton remains one of the most influential voices of our day. His many books have become modern spiritual classics and he opened up the riches of the monastic tradition for many. Here, Esther de Waal devises a seven day personal or group retreat programme using extracts from Thomas Merton's writings and a selection of the photography for which he was also renowned. She creates a retreat that can be made at home, at a centre or on holiday, over a week or a period of weeks. The focus of each of the seven days is: The Call, Response, The Solitary Within, Encounter With Christ, The Demands of Love, Ordinary Things, and Integration.
'Esther de Waal takes Thomas Merton's spiritual teaching as her main theme and interweaves constant references to Merton and his life with familiar Merton quotations. She also provides her own helpful thoughts and reflections and includes a number of quotations from the Psalms. The end result is a carefully-prepared retreat in the company of Thomas Merton ... This book makes me want once again to follow Merton's guidance and teaching.'
"De Waal writes out of a reservoir of wisdom accumulated from a lifetime of searching and practicing revered spiritual traditions...A Retreat with Thomas Merton is a classic."