"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Centenary of the Birth of Thomas Merton

Fr. James Martin, S.J. seems to be very devoted to Merton, aka Fr. Louis, o.c.s.o..  Fr. Martin writes here.  Merton's final lecture here.

I appreciate much of his writing - Merton's - and many of his thoughts.  Although I think I like Thomas à Kempis better.  I suppose that sounds like a put down.  It isn't meant to be.  It seems to me Merton was more interested in defining monastic/contemplative life in his last days, while Thomas à Kempis was more interested in sanctifying ordinary life - within and without enclosure.

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