Saturday, May 10, 2008

Reality for Contemplatives

More of Thomas Merton in his own voice below -- compliments of the YouTube channel Journeys2008.

According to Chad: "Merton delivered this presentation at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1967. By this time, Merton was living out at his hermitage, which is a little concrete-block cabin, about a ten minute walk from the monastery. In this series, Merton talks about the Fall, Original Sin, and about how contemplatives view the Resurrection."

For your consideration:

FYI: In the third clip, Merton refers to a conversation on Christianity and the Resurrection that he had with one of his publishers who came from a Pittsburgh steel family. I think it is safe to assume he is referring to James Laughlin who, according to this article, published some of Merton's poetry.

A little connection: My late maternal grandfather, John Hoag, worked for 37 years as a millwright in the Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. (popularly known as "J & L") mill in Aliquippa, PA (owned in his final years there by LTV).

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