Dancing In The Water Of Life Volume 5 by Thomas Merton
1963-1965: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage (Merton, Thomas//Journal of Thomas Merton)

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The sixties were a time of restlessness, inner turmoil, and exuberance for Merton during which he closely followed the careening development of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic Worker Movement, the Vietnam war, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Volume 5 chronicles the approach of Merton’s fiftieth birthday and marks his move to Mount Olivet, his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he was finally able to fully embrace the joys and challenges of solitary life: ‘In the hermitage, one must pray of go to seed. The pretense of prayer will not suffice. Just sitting will not suffice . . . Solitude puts you with your back to the wall (or your face to it!), and this is good’ (13 October, 1964).


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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The Seven Storey Mountain. Scholar and poet, Bonnie Thurston is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is an ordained minister of the Christian Church.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In this volume of previously unpublished writings (the fifth installment of his journals), Merton speaks of his new life as a hermit and his reactions to contemporary upheavals in the Catholic Church and American society.

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Filled with Merton's characteristic humor and spiritual insight, this book contains Merton's thoughts on the assassination of President Kennedy, his first reflections on the escalating war in Vietnam and his ruminations on the changes in the Catholic church and the Trappist order wrought by Vatic...

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