Thomas Merton’s birthday and beyond

An enthusiastic group celebrated the 99th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth, January 31, with interesting discussion from all and helpful commentary from our facilitator, Eda Lorello, RCWP. Our focus on “Firewatch” was  enriched by audio remarks of Anthony Padovano.  After our meeting, we headed to  Conca D’Oro for pizza and conversation.
   This February, as we celebrate African American history, we might re-read Merton’s writings on race. His “Fourth & Walnut” experience from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander stands out as an ecstatic moment of unity with all humanity. 
    Our next meeting on March 28 will consider the following works: Vows of Conversation, Thoughts in Solitude, New Seeds of Contemplation and Hagia Sofia. These excerpts are all found in Laurence Cunningham’s Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master. Will you be joining us?

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