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New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of Contemplation Book
Author : Thomas Merton
Publisher : New Directions Publishing
Release : 2007
ISBN : 9780811217248
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Featuring a new introduction, a republication of a spiritual classic introduces western readers to the mystical dimensions of the human soul, inviting readers to develop and nurture a contemplative and vital sense of spirituality. Reprint.

New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of Contemplation Book
Author : Thomas Merton
Publisher : Shambhala Publications
Release : 2003
ISBN : 1590300491
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers. The word contemplation is itself somewhat problematical, according to Thomas Merton: "It can become almost a magic word, or if not magic, then 'inspirational,' which is almost as bad." In this modern Christian classic, Merton reveals contemplation to be nothing other than "life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive." The thirty-nine short "seeds" that make up this book are intended to awaken and cultivate the contemplative, mystical dimension of the spiritual path for everyone. New Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton's earlier book Seeds of Contemplation.

Encyclopedia of the Essay

Encyclopedia of the Essay Book
Author : Tracy Chevalier
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
Release : 1997
ISBN : 9781884964305
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A hefty one-volume reference addressing various facets of the essay. Entries are of five types: 1) considerations of different types of essay, e.g. moral, travel, autobiographical; 2) discussions of major national traditions; 3) biographical profiles of writers who have produced a significant body of work in the genre; 4) descriptions of periodicals important for their publication of essays; and 5) discussions of some especially significant single essays. Each entry includes citations for further reading and cross references. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The True Self and False Self

The True Self and False Self Book
Author : Matthew Brett Vaden
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2022-01-06
ISBN : 1725292718
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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We go through life, focusing our attention on many things. But how much do we focus on ourselves? We may be aware of many things, but are we self-aware? This is a question our contemporary culture asks us to consider more and more, and words like “self-awareness,” “personal identity,” “authenticity,” and “mindfulness” are becoming not just buzz-words but virtues. The ancient dictum “know thyself” reverberates in all corners of our lives, from Disney characters on our TVs to DISC profiles at our workplaces. Some of the more mindful members of our society may even be tempted to disdain those who are not as mindful as they are. But what if our self-aware culture, hailing us to pursue our true selves, is unaware of itself? What if our definitions of true and false self-understanding are myopic, slanted towards a narrow solipsism that is actually leading people away from authenticity, while all the while championing it? If so, how would we know? Who is best able to define these things and to teach us how to know ourselves truly? Matthew Brett Vaden traces the wisdom of past and modern-day sages to discover how we can truly discover ourselves.

Thomas Merton God s Messenger on the Road towards a New World

Thomas Merton  God   s Messenger on the Road towards a New World Book
Author : Paul R. Dekar
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2021-06-02
ISBN : 1532670850
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Thomas Merton: God's Messenger on the Road towards a New World highlights the contribution of the best-selling North American writer between the Second World War and 1968. The Cistercian monk called people to act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly. By his critique of technology, a major impediment for people to follow Jesus; by his writing on contemplative prayer; by his interfaith outreach; and through his witness against racism, war, and degradation of nature, Merton still matters. This book uses Micah 6:8 to organize Merton's focus on justice, lovingkindness, and humility, as well as his dialogue with Rachel Carson, Ernesto Cardinal, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thich Nhat Hahn, and others.

Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh

Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh Book
Author : Robert Harlen King
Publisher : A&C Black
Release : 2001-01-01
ISBN : 9780826413406
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The book concludes by showing how the influence of Merton and Nhat Hanh is reflected in the work of contemporaries such as Thomas Keating, David Steindl-Rast, A. T. Ariyaratne, and Joanna Macy."--BOOK JACKET.

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton Book
Author : James Thomas Baker
Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
Release : 2021-12-14
ISBN : 0813189152
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Thomas Merton: Social Critic organizes and critically analyzes the social thought of the Cistercian monk who has become an internationally known symbol of the spiritual element in man. The author evaluated all of Merton's writings, published and unpublished, then discussed his interpretations with Merton personally. The result is a perceptive relation of Merton's social thought to its genesis in his own life experiences and contemplation, a faithful rendering of Merton's thought on the problems of our time. Merton, the author makes clear, called for a spiritual, social, and religious union. It was a poetic and sometimes unimplemented solution to alienation and division, a valid and authentic, if at times limited, response to the contemporary chaos. This study will be greeted by a strong reaction from Mertonians everywhere.

Twentieth century Apostles

Twentieth century Apostles Book
Author : Phyllis Zagano
Publisher : Liturgical Press
Release : 1999
ISBN : 9780814625545
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book tells the story of the following Christians: 1. Charles de Foucauld. 2. Teilhard de Chardin. 3. Giovanni Battista Montini (Pope Paul VI) 4. Dorothy Day. 5. Jessica Powers. 6. Franz Jagerstatter. 7. Teresa of Calcutta. 8. Thomas Merton. 9. Roger of Taize. 10. Oscar Romero. 11. Jean Vanier. 12. Thea Bowman.

Thomas Merton s Dark Path

Thomas Merton s Dark Path Book
Author : William H. Shannon
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release : 1987-03-01
ISBN : 1466801859
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the mystical tradition the "dark," or apophatic way has a long history. It is the way of John of the Cross, of Master Eckhart, of Juliana of Norwich, of the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, and of Thomas Merton. This dark path of contemplation that Merton followed, wrote about extensively, and considered the focal point of his life is the subject of William H. Shannon's book.

Seeds of Contemplation

Seeds of Contemplation Book
Author : Thomas Merton
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1949
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Seeds of Contemplation book written by Thomas Merton, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton Book
Author : Monica Weis
Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
Release : 2011-05-01
ISBN : 0813130158
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton’s life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he contemplated and wrote about the beauty of his surroundings. Throughout his life, Merton’s study of the natural world shaped his spirituality in profound ways, and he was one of the first writers to raise concern about ecological issues that have become critical in recent years. In The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton, author Monica Weis suggests that Merton’s interest in nature, which developed significantly during his years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, laid the foundation for his growing environmental consciousness. Tracing Merton’s awareness of the natural world from his childhood to the final years of his life, Weis explores his deepening sense of place and desire for solitude, his love and responsibility for all living things, and his evolving ecological awareness.

Christian Spirituality

Christian Spirituality Book
Author : Arthur Holder
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2009-09-10
ISBN : 1135285411
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Christian Spirituality: The Classics is a unique and comprehensive guide to thirty key Christian spirituality texts. Ranging from Origen and Augustine to Jonathan Edwards, Thérèse of Lisieux and Thomas Merton, it offers a view of the texts which is founded in scholarship, but which also presents them as living documents that invite- even compel -contemplative reflection and existential response. Each chapter briefly describes the classic text’s author and audience, gives a synopsis of its contents, suggests some of its influence in history, and then explores aspects of the text’s meaning for readers today. Key themes include: What is the meaning of life? How can human beings find truth? How can they discover who they really are? How can they live together in peace? How can they live more fully in God’s presence in this world and be united with God in the world to come? The scholars who have written these chapters are all experts on their respective topics, but they wear their learning lightly. Anyone wishing to discover the riches of Christian spirituality will find this the ideal introduction and should be able to progress to a deeper understanding of the texts themselves.

In His Spirit

In His Spirit Book
Author : Richard Hauser,Richard J. Hauser
Publisher : Paulist Press
Release : 1982
ISBN : 9780809124213
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A Guide to Today's Spirituality, Richard Hauser, S.J. A theology and history of the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit touches people's lives today.

No Abiding Place

No Abiding Place Book
Author : Fred Herron
Publisher : University Press of America
Release : 2005
ISBN : 9780761831358
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Thomas Merton played a critical role in facilitating and embodying a revolutionary paradigm shift in Catholic life and thought. His public grappling with the issues raised by this shift in the life of the Catholic Church provided a vocabulary with which a generation of seekers has attempted to frame an on-going discussion regarding the future of the Catholic Church. Consequently Merton's life and thought continue to be guideposts for spiritual pilgrims confronting issues of authority in the church, a changing moral landscape and the contemporary crisis in the Catholic Church. Part One of the book describes this profound paradigm shift and locates Merton's developing thought within that landscape. It places Merton's thought within the larger framework of the Catholic imagination as described by David Tracy, Andrew Greeley, and Thomas Groome. The landmark research of Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University concerning the nature of contemporary spiritual-seeking, provides a framework that helps to identify Merton's continuing relevance for the study of spirituality. Parts Two and Three discuss Merton's lasting importance for contemporary spirituality.

Spiritual Guides

Spiritual Guides Book
Author : Fred Dallmayr
Publisher : University of Notre Dame Pess
Release : 2017-12-15
ISBN : 0268102600
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In Spiritual Guides: Pathfinders in the Desert, Fred Dallmayr challenges the "desert character" of modern culture. Political and economic corruption, incessant warmongering, spoliation of natural resources, and, above all, mindless consumerism and greedy self-satisfaction are all symptoms of what he contends is an expanding wasteland or desert where everything creative and nourishing decays and withers. Through an alternative interpretation of Nietzsche's saying "the desert grows," this book calls for spiritual renewal, invoking in particular four prominent guides or pathfinders in the desert: Paul Tillich, Raimon Panikkar, Thomas Merton, and Pope Francis. What links all four guides together is the view of spiritual life as an itinerarium, a pathway along difficult and often uncharted roads. Dallmayr begins by drawing a connection between Nietzsche's characterization of the desert in Thus Spoke Zarathustra and the present culture of consumerism, in which a nearly-exclusive emphasis on productivity, efficiency, profitability, and the transformation of everything valuable into a useful resource prevails over all other goals. He also draws attention to another sense of "desert," namely, as a place of solitude, meditation, and retreat from affliction. Aptly defined, it becomes a place where spirituality arises from a painful "turning-about": a wrenching effort to extricate human life from the decay of late modernity. Spirituality is not a possession or property but rather the contemplation and radical mindfulness that we develop through engaged practices as we search for pathways to recovery. Spirituality becomes critical in the dominant political and cultural wasteland because it provides a bond linking humanity together. In the spirit of global ecumenism, Spiritual Guides also includes a discussion of Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist forms of spirituality. This book will interest students and scholars of philosophy, political theory, and religion.

Mystics

Mystics Book
Author : William Harmless
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release : 2008
ISBN : 9780195300383
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Mystics are path-breaking religious practitioners who claim to have experience the infinite, word-defying Mystery that is God. Many have been gifted writers with an uncanny ability to communicate the great realities of life with both a theologian's precision and a poet's lyricism. They use words to jolt us into recognizing ineffable mysteries surging beneath the surface of our lives and within the depths of our hearts and, by their artistry, can awaken us to see and savor fugitive glimpses of a God-drenched world.In Mystics, William Harmless, S.J., introduces readers to the scholarly study of mysticism. He explores both mystics' extraordinary lives and their no-less-extraordinary writings using a unique case-study method centered on detailed examinations of six major Christian mystics: Thomas Merton, Bernard of Clairvaux, Hildegard of Bingen, Bonaventure, Meister Eckhart, and Evagrius Ponticus. Rather than presenting mysticism as a subtle web of psychological or theological abstractions, Harmless's case-study approach brings things down to earth, restoring mystics to their historical context.Harmless highlights the pungent diversity of mystical experiences and mystical theologies. Stepping beyond Christianity, he also explores mystical elements within Islam and Buddhism, offering a chapter on the popular Sufi poet Rumi and one on the famous Japanese Zen master Dogen. Harmless concludes with an overview of the century-long scholarly conversation on mysticism and offers a unique, multifaceted optic for understanding mystics, their communities, and their writings. Geared toward a wide audience, Mystics balances state-of-the-art scholarship with accessible, lucid prose.

Sacred Music Religious Desire and Knowledge of God

Sacred Music  Religious Desire and Knowledge of God Book
Author : Julian Perlmutter
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release : 2020-02-20
ISBN : 1350114979
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Many people find sacred choral music profound and deeply evocative, even in societies that seem to be turning away from religious belief. In this book, Julian Perlmutter examines how, in light of its wide appeal, sacred music can have religious significance for people regardless of their religious convictions. By differentiating between doctrinal belief and the desire for God, Perlmutter explores a longing for the spiritual that is compatible with both belief and 'interested non-belief'. He describes how sacred music can elicit this kind of longing, thereby helping the listener to grow in religious openness. The work of Thomas Merton is also analyzed in order to show that musically-elicited desire for God can be incorporated into the Christian practice of contemplative prayer, aimed ultimately at a union of love with God. By exploring connections between desire, knowledge and religious practice, this engaging account illustrates how sacred music can have a transformative effect on one's wider spiritual life. Of particular interest to philosophers and theologians, the book makes a novel contribution to several topics including religious epistemology, the philosophy of emotion and aesthetics.

Written in Our Hearts

Written in Our Hearts Book
Author : Theodore J. Nottingham
Publisher : Theosis Books
Release : 1993
ISBN : 0963818104
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This work presents insights from a great variety of teachers from various traditions, including Gurdjieff, Durckheim and Christian mystics. It also details the author's search for meaning that led him across the continents, into an esoteric school, religious institutions, and culminated with a new synthesis of these ideas and experiences.

A Retreat with Thomas Merton

A Retreat with Thomas Merton Book
Author : Esther De Waal
Publisher : Canterbury Press
Release : 2014-04-25
ISBN : 184825685X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The celebrated spiritual writer Thomas Merton remains one of the most influential voices of our day. Here, Esther de Waal devises a seven day personal or group retreat programme using extracts from Thomas Merton's writings and a selection of his photography.

The Paradise Man

The Paradise Man Book
Author : Linhxuan Vu
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
Release : 2016-10-12
ISBN : 1524549711
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Since Adam and Eve left Eden, humanity has endured through long millennia of hardships and sufferings, especially death. But the hearts of their children and great-grandchildren have never given up the hope that, someday, they could return to the place of happiness that once had been their inheritance. It is a legitimate and dignified dream. In fact, since the day Adam and Eve left, paradise has remained on earth, waiting for every single human child to return. Mertons paradise, in the last analysis, is on earth, but it is not a spacious place. It is rather an attitude of heart, a state of consciousness, in a spiritual journey. The recovery of paradise occurs when the ego in us becomes empty like a desert. The more the noisy ego diminishes, the more the paradise appears in all its beauty. In fact, this paradise is the face of God, not just an imaginary picture but the true God Himself. The more the face of our ego fades out, the more the face of God shines in his glory, might, and goodness. The desert path is more a journey within our consciousness than through geographical space and time. That is why it belongs to all people and is not just reserved for desert hermits. According to Thomas Merton, you need not be a bishop, a priest, a monk, a nun, a religious person, or a hermit to enter the spiritual journey. You may be a lay person, a normal churchgoer very busy with your daily duties, but you certainly could be a real paradise man.