Tag Archives: Thomas Merton

The Self-in-God

Western Christianity The Self-in-God Tuesday, September 18, 2018 In his booklet That We May Be One, Thomas Keating writes about two models of spirituality and how they influence our growth in God’s likeness: Since the Reformation, the Christian Tradition has been somewhat focused on doctrinal differences rather than on the spiritual journey itself and the… Continue Reading The Self-in-God

Renewal of Contemplative Christianity

Western Christianity Renewal of Contemplative Christianity Monday, September 17, 2018 In the 1950s and 1960s, Thomas Merton brought renewed interest to the contemplative tradition in the West. He became a Trappist monk and “left the world” for the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where he learned the lessons of contemplation and action. Merton was spiritual… Continue Reading Renewal of Contemplative Christianity

Seeking Spiritual Freedom

Early Christianity Seeking Spiritual Freedom Thursday, September 6, 2018 A brother was restless in the community and often moved to anger. So he said: “I will go, and live somewhere by myself. And since I shall be able to talk or listen to no one, I shall be tranquil, and my passionate anger will cease.”… Continue Reading Seeking Spiritual Freedom

Contemplation in Action

Politics: Week 1 Contemplation in Action Monday, July 9, 2018 What is the relation of [contemplation] to action? Simply this. He [or she] who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity and capacity to love will not have anything to give others. He will communicate to… Continue Reading Contemplation in Action

Finding Our Charism

Vocation Finding Our Charism Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Night is our diocese and silence is our ministry Poverty our charity and helplessness our tongue-tied sermon. Beyond the scope of sight or sound we dwell upon the air Seeking the world’s gain in an unthinkable experience. We are exiles in the far end of solitude, living… Continue Reading Finding Our Charism

Reality Is Communion

Community Reality Is Communion Sunday, May 6, 2018 In the beginning God says, “Let us make humanity in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves” (Genesis 1:26). The use of the plural pronoun here seems to be an amazing, deep time intuition of what Christians would later call the Trinity—the revelation of the nature… Continue Reading Reality Is Communion

Growing into Our Incarnation

Human Bodies: Week 1 Growing into Our Incarnation Monday, April 2, 2018 Make ready for the Christ, Whose smile, like lightning, Sets free the song of everlasting glory That now sleeps, in your paper flesh, like dynamite. —Thomas Merton [1] When God gives of Godself, one of two things happens: either flesh is inspirited or… Continue Reading Growing into Our Incarnation

Inner Light

Thisness Inner Light Friday, March 23, 2018 I have the immense joy of being a [human being], a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But… Continue Reading Inner Light

Interview: Alana Levandoski (’15) on Thomas Merton’s Point Vierge

Interview: Alana Levandoski (’15) on Thomas Merton’s Point Vierge and Collaboration with James Finley Mark: Tell us about your newest collaboration with CAC core faculty, James Finley. Alana: In December 2016, I set out to work on a musical album centered around James Finley’s acclaimed book, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere. After long discussions with Jim… Continue Reading Interview: Alana Levandoski (’15) on Thomas Merton’s Point Vierge

Alumni Newsletter — February 2018

A Note from the Editor Dear Living School alumni, The Three-in-One God is giving birth to transformation in the world through you. Much of this transformation, I suspect, takes place under the radar as you go about your often-busy days, radiating love in a fractured world. Sometimes it is simply the full presence you give… Continue Reading Alumni Newsletter — February 2018

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