During this year of Consecrated Life it might be a good opportunity for us to re connect with this deeply Spiritual, thought provoking and warm human being who still has so much to offer us in today’s world.
In a recent article in the Irish times the writer wrote “The Franciscan theologian Richard Rohr made a surprising admission in his recent book, Silent Compassion: “Today we are living in a marvellous time, a time when the contemplative mind is being rediscovered . . . Thomas Merton almost single-handedly pulled back the veil and reintroduced the word contemplation to a Catholic Church that no longer understood it.” http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/great-20th-century-mystic-thomas-merton-was-born-100-years-ago-next-saturday-1.2080180

To help those who might be new to the writings of Thomas Merton as well as those of who might like to re connect with Thomas Merton here are some books worth a re-read.
“New Seeds for contemplation”
“What is Contemplation”
“Life and Holiness”
“The Seven Story Mountain”