Tag Archives: Thomas Merton

Mysticism: Week 2 Summary

Mysticism: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, October 1-Friday, October 6, 2017 “[The mystics help us] to learn the curriculum of a truly spiritual life . . . grounded in love, mercy, tenderness, compassion, forgiveness, hope, trust, simplicity, silence, peace, and joy. To embody union with God is to discover these beautiful characteristics emerging from within and Read More »

Thomas Merton, Part II

Mysticism: Week 2 Thomas Merton, Part II Friday, October 6, 2017 I learned the terms “True Self” and “false self” from Thomas Merton—words he used to clarify what Jesus surely meant when he said that we must die to ourselves or we must “lose ourselves to find ourselves” (Mark 8:35). Merton rightly recognized that it Read More »

Thomas Merton, Part I

Mysticism: Week 2 Thomas Merton, Part I Thursday, October 5, 2017 Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in France and lived most of his adult life as a Cistercian (Trappist) monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky. He died tragically in Bangkok of accidental electrocution. Merton has been a primary teacher and Read More »

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Summary

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, August 13-Friday, August 18, 2017 This week guest writer and CAC teacher James Finley explored the true self and false self through Thomas Merton’s teaching. A prayerful, respectful pursuit of Merton’s understanding of the true self can bring us to the brink of the insight into Read More »

Living in God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Living in God Friday, August 18, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In ways known only to God, the one seeking God in silence unexpectedly falls through the barriers Read More »

Existence

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Existence Thursday, August 17, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. The contemplative journeys within, to discover “that if you descend into the depths of your own spirit . . Read More »

Freedom to Be Our True Self

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Freedom to Be Our True Self Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. Merton quotes Meister Eckhart as saying, “For God to be is to give being, Read More »

The Illusion of Our False Self

True Self and False Self: Week 2 The Illusion of Our False Self Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In the following text, Merton makes clear that the self-proclaimed autonomy of the false Read More »

Discovering Self in Discovering God

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Discovering Self in Discovering God Monday, August 14, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. For Merton, the spiritual life is a journey in which we discover ourselves in discovering Read More »

Our Ultimate Identity

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Our Ultimate Identity Sunday, August 13, 2017 Thomas Merton (1915-1968) developed wonderful insights into the true self and false self. James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, lived and prayed with Merton for six years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. This week Jim shares some Read More »

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