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About Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk, theologian, and poet. He was also known as a mystic, comparative religion scholar and social activist. Having lived at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani monastery from 1941 onwards, he was ordained as a priest in 1949 and thence became Father Louis.
He was known best for two things: his writings and his interest in interfaith dialogue. Among his over 50 published books on spirituality, pacifism and social justice was the popular “The Seven Storey Mountain”, his autobiography.
He was the son of Ruth Jenkins and New Zealand painter Owen Merton. He had a younger brother named John Paul.
The Thomas Merton Award was instituted in his honor in 1972. Columbia University, his alma mater, holds a lecture every year in his name.
He was found dead on 10 December 1968 in a cottage room located in Samut Prakan, Thailand, where he had given a talk at a conference a few hours prior.
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Famous quotes by Thomas Merton
A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.Thomas Merton
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.Thomas Merton
Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.Thomas Merton
By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.Thomas Merton
Death is someone you see very clearly with eyes in the center of your heart: eyes that see not by reacting to light, but by reacting to a kind of a chill from within the marrow of your own life.Thomas Merton
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.Thomas Merton
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.Thomas Merton
If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.Thomas Merton
In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.Thomas Merton
Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.Thomas Merton
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.Thomas Merton
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
October is a fine and dangerous season in America. a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful.Thomas Merton
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.Thomas Merton
Perhaps I am stronger than I think.Thomas Merton
Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.Thomas Merton
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 first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error.Thomas Merton
The least of the work of learning is done in the classroom.Thomas Merton
The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God's mercy to me.Thomas Merton
We are not at peace with others because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves because we are not at peace with God.Thomas Merton
We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have - for their usefulness.Thomas Merton
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
When ambition ends, happiness begins.Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton's Popularity
Thomas Merton was a famous American monk and author, who was born on January 31, 1915. As a person born on this date, Thomas Merton is listed in our database as the 104th most popular celebrity for the day (January 31) and the 77th most popular for the year (1915).
People born on January 31 fall under the Zodiac sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer. Thomas Merton is the 2609th most popular Aquarius.
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