Understanding Non-Violence: Merton, Bonhoeffer, King, and Scriptural Discernment

I came across a shocking statistic the other day. It was part of an article published at the beginning of the year in ‘Psychology Today’ and was written by the US psychologist Ana Nogales. And the statistic is this: ‘When a child becomes a legal adult, they will have seen 16,000 assassinations and 200,000 acts … More Understanding Non-Violence: Merton, Bonhoeffer, King, and Scriptural Discernment

Thomas Merton: Christian Life As A Protest.

Christianity, whether lived out in the monastery, in the street or in the workplace, is a protest against the status quo and its injustices and violence. Here Thomas Merton makes this point cogently and passionately: “It is my intention to make my entire life a rejection of, a protest against the crimes and injustices of war … More Thomas Merton: Christian Life As A Protest.

Merton & Frankl: Meaning & Responsibility

Thomas Merton Plaque, Louisville (Photo Source: I.W. Marsh) The following quote, from the Cistercian Monk Thomas Merton, on responsibility and meaning could easily have been written by the Psychiatrist and Founder of Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl: “In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for ‘finding himself.’ If he … More Merton & Frankl: Meaning & Responsibility

Thomas Merton: The Transforming Nature of Reality

Thanks to a friend I was reminded that it is 60 years and 1 day since Thomas Merton’s ‘epiphany’ moment in Louisville. Kentucky, when he recognised that our being is deeply rooted in God and each other.  Contemplation and revelation is not confined to the monastery and a select few; it is a calling from … More Thomas Merton: The Transforming Nature of Reality

Thomas Merton: The Poetry of Pain & Perspective

For many years now I have been very much a fan of the writings of the monk, writer, theologian and mystic, Thomas Merton. His commentaries and insights into ethics, non-violence, social action, the contemplative life, inter-faith dialogue and so much more, have been of great interest, and application, to me on my own very personal … More Thomas Merton: The Poetry of Pain & Perspective

Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton

Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton My Sermon from Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast, 25th December 2016 We come here this morning, in the midst of a hectic time of commemoration and celebration, to sit in this sacred space – a place of calm and reverence. This year has been a tough one – it is … More Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton

In the Beginning Was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax

From Templegate Publishers: ‘Robert Lax, (1915-2000), was a poet, hermit, sage, and peacemaker. Thomas Merton said of Lax, “He had a natural, instinctive spirituality, an inborn direction to the living God.” Jack Kerouac called him “a Pilgrim in search of beautiful innocence.” A native of New York, Lax graduated from Columbia University in 1938 with … More In the Beginning Was Love: Contemplative Words of Robert Lax

New Publication: The Letters of Robert Giroux And Thomas Merton

The University of Notre Dame Press has just announced a new publication that may interest the many followers of Thomas Merton. The book is The Letters of Robert Giroux and Thomas Merton, edited and annotated by Patrick Samway, S.J., with a foreword by Jonathan Montaldo. Fr. Samway’s book is the press’s contribution to the 2015 centennial … More New Publication: The Letters of Robert Giroux And Thomas Merton