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Thomas Merton

((-) / 31 January 1915 – 10 December 1968)

Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton, O.C.S.O. was an Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis.

Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), which sent scores of World War II veterans, students, and even teen-agers flocking to monasteries across the US, and was also featured in National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the ... more »

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  • I would call the attention of the reader to the difference between "reason" and "reasoning." Reason is a light, reasoning a process. Reason is a faculty, reasoning an exercise of that faculty. Reasoni...
    Thomas Merton (1915-1968), U.S. religious writer, poet. "Reason and Reasoning," The Ascent to Truth, Harcourt Brace (1951).
  • One might compare the journey of the soul to mystical union, by way of pure faith, to the journey of a car on a dark highway. The only way the driver can keep to the road is by using his headlights. S...
    Thomas Merton (1915-1968), U.S. religious author, poet. "Reason in the Life of Contemplation," The Ascent to Truth, Harcourt Brace (1951).
  • There is a logic of language and a logic of mathematics. The former is supple and lifelike, it follows our experience. The latter is abstract and rigid, more ideal. The latter is perfectly necessary, ...
    Thomas Merton (1915-1968), U.S. religious writer, poet. Secular Journal, entry for November 2, 1939, Farrar, Straus (1959).
  • Lanza del Vasto noted a deep connection between play and war, even before the games theory and nuclear war strategy became practically identified. In our society, everything, in fact, is a game. But i...
    Thomas Merton (1915-1968), U.S. religious writer, poet. "The Fork in the Road," Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Doubleday (1966).
  • The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! A weird life it is, indeed, to be living always i...
    Thomas Merton (1915-1968), U.S. religious writer, poet. The Seven Storey Mountain, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1948).
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