Andrew Sullivan yesterday brought attention to a series of YouTube clips in which you can hear recordings of Thomas Merton teaching the novices at the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky. Like Sully, I have read Merton's works but this was the first time I ever heard his voice. It was quite different from what I expected. It was deeper and had more confidence than I had imagined.
In the clips, Merton lectures on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas on "The Ways of God." His observations are solid, often profound and sometimes humorous.
To quote Sully, "I know you probably don't have time today but if you are curious about what an open, beautiful faith Christianity can be, do yourself a favor" and listen below:
Sully also had a follow-up post yesterday with an interesting e-mail from a reader.