Monday, July 25, 2005

The Several-Storied Thomas Merton

Discovered an interesting story this morning about the conflicts in Thomas Merton's life. Rather fascinating ! It is titled, The Several-Storied Thomas Merton, by Robert Royal.


At 7:30 PM, Anonymous A said...

Thank you for linking this. I read the whole article and found it quite informative, insightful, and worthwhile.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Sherri said...

Good article, but this should be clarified: Thomas Merton first formed the idea "I'd like to become a Trappist monk" at the age of 18, while walking near the location of St. Paul's martyrdom (the Three Fountains) in Rome, Italy.

(Robert Royal states "Merton took instruction and was baptized at Corpus Christi Church near Columbia. Almost immediately, perhaps even before the baptism, he began thinking he had a vocation.")

One of the most important sanctuaries in Rome - St. Mary of the Third Millennium at the Three Fountains" - was established less than one month after Merton took his solemn vows ... the Virgin of the Revelation (i.e. of the book of Revelation or Apocalypse, chapter 12, verse 1) was sighted there on April 12, 1947, saying that miracles would come from that soil for the conversion of sinners ... and one year later his book "The Seven Storey Mountain" was released (a book about his conversion that surely helped others and helped to fill monasteries).

Did Thomas Merton have an "authentic calling" to help the Church? Seems obvious to me...


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