December 10th couldn’t be a better day for us to have an author presentation from Fr. Richard Rohr, who is here recording his May 2010 audio “The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of St. Francis.” Richard told us that Thomas Merton is one of the great influences on his life and that today is considered Merton’s feast day.
“I believe Thomas Merton will be considered one of the most influential American Catholics of the twenty-first century,” Rohr told us.
Here is a quote from the Louie Louie blog which tells the story of Thomas Merton’s life and teachings (with great photos and quotations):
“If there is a feast day for Father Louie [aka Thomas Merton], December 10th is it. This is the day, in 1941, that he arrived at the Abby of Our Lady of Gethsemane to begin his life as a Trappist monk. Twenty seven years later, on this day, he died in Bangkok Thailand while participating in a monastic conference.”
For more wisdom from Thomas Merton, read Choosing to Love the World: On Contemplation (Sounds True, 2008).
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Contemplation is life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness, and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent, and infinitely abundant Source. Contemplation is, above all, awareness of the reality of that Source. It knows the Source, obscurely, inexplicably, but with a certitude that goes beyond reason and beyond simple faith . . . It is a more profound depth of faith, a knowledge too deep to be grasped in images, in
words, or even in clear concepts.
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