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bishopcraig: 5 of 5 stars to Emblems of a Season of Fury by Thomas Merton

rizacitak251: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

RedBookScotland: Interesting statement in the service of Sir Patrick Myrton as heir to his late father Sir Thomas Merton of Cambo on 9 February 1646, that the father "qui decessit in tutela religionis corone et patrie" on 15 September 1645, the date of the battle of Kilsyth.

PrestonCottage: "Humility is the surest sign of strength." Thomas Merton

amshutani: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

MelanieJaxn: Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another. -Thomas Merton

RaabMitch: Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward. -Thomas Merton

Chuck_E_Kirby: "The things that we love tell us what we are." - Thomas Merton

STMGAParish: "There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun." — Trappist monk Thomas Merton

Made_with_Steel: “If I have [Christ’s] divine life in me, what do the accidents of pain and pleasure, hope and fear, joy and sorrow matter to me? … Why should I fear anything that cannot rob me of God, and why should I desire anything that cannot give me possession of Him?” – Thomas Merton

john_starke: Thomas Merton on the desert fathers …

OnDaWheel: “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” - Thomas Merton

WGXC: and immediate actions we can take at home to help birds not only survive the climate crisis but thrive. Plus tracks from “Words and Silences” a music portrait of the Cistercian monk and writer Thomas Merton by Brian Harnetty, a song by Allysen Callery, and more.

thinkmonk: If Thomas Merton is right in saying that silence is the mother of all speech, then I must be careful I don’t have a premature baby.

BlackSparrow000: Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another. — By Thomas Merton ROHAN JANAMDIN MUBARAK MUNAWAR

pedalingpastor: I am captivated by this abridged biography of Abraham Joshua Heschel by Edward Kaplan. Any chance anyone on Twitter took Kaplan’s class “Mysticism and the Moral Life” at Brandeis that looked at Thomas Merton, Howard Thurman and Heschel? That class sounds amazing!!!

Justice78602373: Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” — Thomas Merton Sushant A GameChanger

hopopotu: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

GodBrahman: Thomas Merton:the importance of the Bhagavad-Gita "It brings to the West a salutary reminder that our highly activistic and one-sided culture is faced with a crisis that may end in self-destruction because it lacks the inner depth of an authentic(cont'd)

MelanieJaxn: "The gate of heaven is everywhere." ~ Thomas Merton

KenAyu_RG: Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another. -Thomas Merton RALPHGAIL FOR PASILYO MV

ThatJohnChaffee: Learn from Thomas Merton!

amshutani: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

starquenched: “The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds." — Thomas Merton

joycebudenberg: Questions arise, assume their actuality and disappear. In this hour I shall cease to ask them and silence shall be my answer. Thomas Merton

Tina69911364: "Perhaps I have an obligation to preserve the stillness, the silence, the poverty, the virginal point of pure nothingness which is at the center of all other loves." Merton A Thomas Merton film, The metaphor of the journey

rgtrendsetter: Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. -Thomas Merton 25QUESTUNES WITH RALPHGAIL

MelanieJaxn: Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. -Thomas Merton

BishopEliasOSB: "We are not converted only once in our lives but many times and this endless series of conversions and inner revolutions leads to our transformation." Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O

XavierSociety: Thomas Merton is one of our patrons' most requested "subjects" so we are excited to have "The Seven Storey Mountain" now available in audio! This unique spiritual autobiography has been recognized as one of the most influential religious works of our time.

Tyne_River: “When I criticize a system, they think I criticize them - and that is of course because they fully accept the system and identify themselves within it.” - Thomas Merton

MicahMacDonald: Lectio 365 BCP Morning Psalms John 5-7 Thomas Merton Nick Cave Manchester Orchestra John Mark McMillan Been a good morning of having more of my false self unraveled only to find who I am is beloved of Jesus

bursarkent: Today’s thought: “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” (Thomas Merton)

tevfikacar797: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

emmacollinsfile: “A Prayer of Unknowing” by Thomas Merton

corwinhmxq: The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey (The Journals of Thomas Merton) 9HN3GFV

wardkaehy: From the Monastery to the World: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal 2DDBHJR

ahmad05094370: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

proud_penelope: “To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hell.” -Thomas Merton

CGardne05759171: The gate of heaven is everywhere. --Thomas Merton

GENIC0N: "The gate of heaven is everywhere" - Thomas Merton

almjd9mjd: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

CCFairfieldDOB: THANK YOU to our incredible friends from Order of Malta - Connecticut! They joined Thomas Merton Center to help make a Saturday morning breakfast this past weekend. We are so grateful for their support. Learn more about TMC:

paulbayes: Contemplation and its fruits: Thomas Merton, 1961. On speaking out regardless.

DavidnShields: Thomas Merton on those “whose lives are full of restlessness” and are “great promoters of useless work.”

jonmsweeney: Thomas Merton we make a mistake identifying mysticism with self-discovery. "[W]e must recognize the importance of self-forgetfulness in relation to true contemplation and not encouraging souls in self-consciousness, self-awareness, etc.” A Course in Christian Mysticism (pp. 6-7)

NoWayNRA1: You realize this has never, ever been done, Bishop? The Church has changed with the times for thousands of years. And rightfully so. Thomas Merton says we must have both tradition and revolution.

AxelDeussen: „Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton

reading_guru: Great knowledge sees all in one. Small knowledge breaks down into the many.

wikipediachain: Pierre Gassendi > M. Shawn Copeland > John Cassian > Thomas Merton > Gemma Galgani > John Chrysostom > Cyril V of Constantinople > Proselytism > Judaism > Biblical apocrypha > Ellen Wondra > University of Chicago Divinity School > NORC at the University of Chicago > World Bank

One5amuel: Thomas Merton is the flavour of the day today, I reckon.

gregorykhillis: "There is much one cannot 'affirm' and 'accept,' but first one must say 'yes' where one really can" - Thomas Merton, CONJECTURES OF A GUILTY BYSTANDER (1965)

jonathanstegall: After seeing a really interesting excerpt from a 1968 letter Thomas Merton wrote, “Letter to a Young Activist,” I started looking for the full letter, and I found it here:

reading_guru: He sees "happiness" and "the good" as "something to be attained," and thus he places them outside himself in the world of objects. In so doing, he becomes involved in a division from which there is no escape.

loody6632: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

ivyjoyce_g: The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. — Thomas Merton

ThatJohnChaffee: “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree.” - Thomas Merton

fadaa651: “We are already one. But we imagine we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.” –Thomas Merton

elie273: “Self-confidence is a precious natural gift, a sign of health. But it is not the same thing as faith. Faith is much deeper, and it must be deep enough to subsist when we are weak, when we are sick, when our self-confidence is gone, when our self-respect is gone.” Merton, Thomas.

CarlMcColman: "What is my new desert? The name of it is compassion. There is no wilderness so terrible, so beautiful, so arid and so fruitful as the wilderness of compassion." Thomas Merton

zemlak34dtz: Thomas Merton, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the Protection of All Beings JXIJIKV

necdetaksoy448: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

Godgift64107811: Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. -Thomas Merton DESERVING FINALIST SUMBUL

write2tg: The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom. - Thomas Merton

leximcmenamin: "Somebody says the street belongs to the city. It is everybody's public street. All right. Is it?" Thomas Merton, The Street is For Celebration

schlaf: “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” —Thomas Merton

CCFairfieldDOB: Angels really do exist… meet some of the ladies from the Fairfield County Alumni Group from the University of St. Joseph. These amazing women provided toys and clothing to 35 children whose families are registered at Thomas Merton Center's’s Eat Smart Market Place!

Marikka_1973: "You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope." ― Thomas Merton

NedLunn: At a fancy dress party. The theme: ‘things beginning with T’… of course I have gone as a Trappist monk (perhaps Thomas Merton)

DavidCranmerUn1: influence on Thomas Merton. During the First World War, in August 1915, the Merton family left France for the United States. They lived first with Ruth's parents in Queens, New York, and then settled near them in Douglaston. Merton was first exposed to and became interested in

DavidCranmerUn1: created. Molly Rush is a Catholic anti-war, civil and women's rights activist that co-founded the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along with Larry Kessler in 1972, She was one of the Plowshares eight defendants. They faced trial after an anti-nuclear weapons

CosmoloSalon: "Mendicant is only a fancy word for tramp." Thomas Merton

CenteringPrayer: by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage, including John Cassian, the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Thomas Merton.” ~ Thomas Keating, On Parables

CCFairfieldDOB: THANK YOU to our friends from St. Catherine Academy in Fairfield! They prepare sandwiches for Thomas Merton Center guests and deliver Panera Bread every week. Thomas Merton Center is so grateful for their continued support, generosity and community spirit!

ericesheng: Merton Street philosophy: new edition of one of Richard Kilvington's quaestiones on Peter Lombard's Sententiae: an Oriel philosopher (Kilvington) responding to a Merton one (Thomas Bradwardine)

CosmoloSalon: "I avow, in a fanatic paroxysm of grief, that the state and I are much better off when we have nothing to do with each other." Thomas Merton

CosmoloSalon: "The God of peace is never glorified by human violence." Thomas Merton

mharinarayan: A faith that is afraid of other people is no faith at all. ~ Thomas Merton

khaIifasheshe: “Look at this window: it's nothing but a hole in the wall, but because of it the whole room is full of light. So when the faculties are empty, the heart is full of light.” – Chuang Tzu; Taken from his book... "The Way of Chuang Tzu." Translated by Thomas Merton (Ch. 4, p. 77–78)

PicoIyer: “Perhaps the most urgent and practical renunciation,” writes Thomas Merton, the wise and searching monk, “is the renunciation of all questions.”

DianaLaCazadora: These wise words of Thomas Merton reminded me of Beethovens' Ode to Joy Read

michaboyett: “There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace, my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God. If I find Him I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find Him.” - Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

semaaykus: "The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them." ― Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu

orbaccount: "Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." -Thomas Merton

CCFairfieldDOB: Thank you to Cheryl and Pinakshi for delivering this meal made by the Congregational Church of Easton to our program Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport! Learn more about TMC:

GodBrahman: Thomas Merton “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves(cont'd)

philokalia_min: “Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and selfishness that have chilled his faith.” Thomas Merton

Godgift64107811: The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom. -Thomas Merton kalim DESERVING FINALIST SUMBUL

mmtazz505: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

Celeste_CC7: " I hear a sovereign talking in my arteries reversing, with His promises, all things that now go on with fire and thunder. His Truth is greater than disaster. His peace imposes silence on the evidence against us.." -Thomas Merton

ahmed88salama: "We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us." -Thomas Merton

dior22oyr: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –Thomas Merton

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EegahInc: One Sheet Words of Wisdom: A Small Town in Texas (1976) "What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe." - Thomas Merton

s1nghr: "We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves." - Thomas Merton

PardueSuzanne11: “True happiness is found in unselfish love. A love which increases in proportion as it is shared.” ♥️ - Thomas Merton

GodBrahman: Thomas Merton “The geographical pilgrimage is the symbolic acting out of an inner journey. The inner journey is the interpolation of the meanings and signs of the outer pilgrimage. One can have one without the other. It is best to have both.”

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