Tag Archives: Thomas Merton

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

Mirroring the Divine

Contemplative Consciousness Mirroring the Divine Thursday, January 11, 2018 In Christianity the inner self is simply a stepping stone to an awareness of God. Man [sic] is the image of God, and his inner self is a kind of mirror in which God not only sees Himself, but reveals Himself to the “mirror” in which… Continue Reading Mirroring the Divine

Truth Is Known by Its Fruits

Interfaith Friendship Truth Is Known by Its Fruits Monday, December 4, 2017 If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. —Martin Luther King, Jr. [1]… Continue Reading Truth Is Known by Its Fruits

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… Continue Reading Mysticism: Week 2 Summary

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… Continue Reading Thomas Merton, Part II

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… Continue Reading Thomas Merton, Part I

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… Continue Reading True Self and False Self: Week 2 Summary