Thomas Merton, Spritual Writer and Contemplative
September 8 - 9
In addressing the United States Congress in 2015, Pope Francis called Thomas Merton one of the most influential spiritual writers of the 20th century. Best known for his bestselling autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain, Merton wrote many other books, poems, articles and essays. He died an accidental death in 1968.
Since his death, his work continues to be studied by both ordinary lay people as well as theologians. In today's complex and confusing world, his clear straightforward thoughts on societal issues and spiritual matters are as relevant as when they were first written.
During this retreat, we will look at Merton's historical life, conversion, teaching on solitude, thoughts on contemplation and his theology of lights. Talks will alternate with times of silence to allow retreatants ample time for their own personal reflections.
Presenter: Ed Thebaud is a passionate admirer and scholar of Merton. He is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society.