This selection of Thomas Mertons finest writing, first published over 30 years ago, remains as relevant as ever to those wishing to progress in the spiritual life. Here we find Merton discussing solitude, St John of the Cross, the primitive Carmelite ideal, Christianity and totalitarianism, and the power and meaning of love:
`Love is the key to the meaning of life. It is at the same time transformation in Christ and the discovery of Christ. As we grow in love and in unity with those who are loved by Christ, we become more and more capable of apprehending and obscurely grasping something of the tremendous reality of Christ in the world, Christ in ourselves, and Christ in our fellow man.
- From page 27
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer and activist for peace and civil rights. Merton’s works have had a profound impact on contemporary religious and philosophical thought.
The spiritual and intellectual depth with which Merton treats each subject arouses in the reader a feeling of gladness that he has been privileged to share in these thoughts.
- The Church of Ireland Gazette
`So sane and genuine and full of insight.
- The Friend
These essays are not easy reading but well repay the effort involved. Indeed they urge one to read again and again.
- Faith Magazine