Dancing in the Water of Life (Merton, Thomas Journal of by Thomas Merton

By Thomas Merton

The sixties have been a time of restlessness, internal turmoil, and enthusiasm for Merton within which he heavily the careening improvement of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic employee circulation, the Vietnam struggle, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. quantity five chronicles the technique of Merton’s 50th birthday and marks his circulate to Mount Olivet, his hermitage on the Abbey of Gethsemani, the place he was once ultimately in a position to absolutely embody the fun and demanding situations of solitary lifestyles: ‘In the hermitage, one needs to pray of visit seed. The pretense of prayer won't suffice. simply sitting won't suffice . . . Solitude places you together with your again to the wall (or your face to it!), and this can be solid’ (13 October, 1964).

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Bernard’s preaching of crusades–and that if a monk could preach a crusade 16 then a monk could certainly be allowed to write about peace. Needless to say I agree. I hear Dom Walter [Helmstetter] is resigning as Abbot of the Genesee and coming back here. He is younger than I–we were novices together. September 10, 1963 One of the things St. Anselm has to say to the modern age is that the potestas peccandi–the “power” to sin–is not a “power” and not an expression of freedom, nor does it even enter into the deprivation of freedom.

Bernard’s preaching of crusades–and that if a monk could preach a crusade 16 then a monk could certainly be allowed to write about peace. Needless to say I agree. I hear Dom Walter [Helmstetter] is resigning as Abbot of the Genesee and coming back here. He is younger than I–we were novices together. September 10, 1963 One of the things St. Anselm has to say to the modern age is that the potestas peccandi–the “power” to sin–is not a “power” and not an expression of freedom, nor does it even enter into the deprivation of freedom.

Antonin. ” Today he is in town because Capt. Kinnarney died (aged 98). In the novitiate the Zen (sand and rock) garden is coming along quite well and I think it will be quite meaningful–replacing the idiot tangle of flowers, weeds and trellises at that end of the terrace. It is a wonder we took so long to clear that place. But I wonder what will happen to the fill when we get a lot of rain. October 22, 1963 Dryer than ever. Though the sky is clear and cloudless, a blue haze was drifting through the valley, probably from half a dozen fires in some other county.

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