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No doubt in my mind that some of these have a special religious meaning,
especially considering how the mountail peak seems directly above some
I am retired now, a full-time writer. I still actively do retreats. I love the works of Thomas Merton and my new book, "Spiritual Journaling -God's Whispers in Daily Living" is available on Kindle and Amazon. http://amzn.to/qQz6Ng
I am in Phoenix, AZ for a 4 days. Just learned something that fascinates
I have always taken A Gift from the Sea to the ocean when I go. I have
read it at least a dozen times. Imagine my surprise when I read the
following article. Evidently Reeve Lindbergh, Charles and Anne's younger
daughter writes about this in her new book Forward From Here. What a
As you know, this year's pilgrimage program "Thomas Merton in Rome" has
been booked for several months. Recently, someone cancelled due to
medical reasons, which means that one room is now available. Below is
information, including cost and how to book your space, for this year's
pilgrimage program to Rome. Hope you can join us!
All good things,
Community Relations Director
Thomas Merton Society of Canada
604-669-2546, Ext. 2
Book Today--One room now available!
Rome . . . and Thomas Merton
The Vancouver Sun's feature writer Steve Whysall ranks Rome as the most
emotionally and intellectually exciting of any city he has visited. The
real pleasure of the city for him, he says, "...is the fascinating
synergy of the sacred and the profane." The ancient sites and the
history of Rome are enough to dazzle and amaze; the fact is today Rome
continues to be a smorgasbord and delight for anyone interested in
history, art, music, architecture and, of course, Thomas Merton.
Thomas Merton in Rome, May 30 - June 8, 2008
Ten-day pilgrimage program to Rome where we will explore Thomas Merton's
life and thought with Merton scholars Donald Grayston, Michael Higgins
and Judith Hardcastle. The program includes 10 nights accommodation,
daily breakfast and hospitality, 2 group dinners, charter bus trip to
the Trappist monastery Tre Fontane as well as a morning conference and
lunch with Dom Timothy Kelly, former Abbot of Gethsemani, 4 morning
sessions at St. Paul's Within the Walls (near our hotel),
and evening rooftop gatherings at the hotel. Cost: $2,495 CAN (based on
double occupancy); and $2,820 CAN (single). For more information or to
reserve your space, please contact Judith Hardcastle @ 604-669-2546 or
The Spring 2008 ITMS Newsletter is now available on the ITMS web site -
http://www.merton.org/ITMS/newsletter15-1.htm – the Newsletter will
also be included in the Spring Seasonal, but it will be a number of
weeks before this is mailed.
The closing date for applications for Shannon Fellowships for 2008-2009,
March 15th, is rapidly approaching. Details about the Fellowships can be
found on the ITMS web site at: http://www.merton.org/ITMS/fellows.htm
Also on the ITMS web site is the call for papers for the 11th ITMS
Conference to be held at Nazareth College in Rochester in June 2009. The
closing date for submitting proposals is May 1st – full details can be
found at: http://www.merton.org/Rochester/Call.htm
New books by and about Thomas Merton continue to appear and details of
the latest publications can be found on the web at:
http://www.merton.org/books.htm recent highlights include:
An Introduction to Christian Mysticism: Initiation Into the Monastic
Tradition, 3, edited by Patrick O'Connell.
Thomas Merton: Master of Attention by Robert Waldron,
Choosing to Love the World, compiled by Jonathan Montaldo.
If you are in the Louisville area Albert Raboteau will be speaking at
Bellarmine on Thursday 28th February at 7 pm. The title of his talk will
be "Thomas Merton and Racial Reconciliation." Earlier in the day he
will be interviewed on State of Affairs in a live broadcast from
Bellarmine. It is possible to list to the interview over the internet by
going to the State of Affairs website: http://www.wfpl.org/soa.htm
March 18th marks the 50th Anniversary of Thomas Merton's epiphany on
the corner of Fourth and Walnut. A celebration of this anniversary will
take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at 5:30 p.m., at the Muhammad Ali
Center, One Muhammad Ali Plaza, 144 N. Sixth Street, Louisville, KY
40202. Members of the Louisville religious, civic and business
communities will participate by sharing their own experiences of
epiphany. The event is sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center of
Bellarmine University, the Louisville Bar Association, the Muhammad Ali
Center and Interfaith Paths to Peace. It will be followed by a brief
ceremony at the site of the epiphany (now Fourth and Muhammad Ali
Streets). Coinciding with the celebration is the opening at the Muhammad
Ali Center of the exhibit "A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of
Thomas Merton," which will run from March 18 until June 30.
Dr Paul M Pearson.
Director and Archivist,
Thomas Merton Center,
2001 Newburg Road,
Louisville, KY. 40205.
Tel: 502 452 8177.
Cell: 502 693 1937.
Fax: 502 452 8452.
"Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength
is gone." (A prayer of David. Psalm 71:9
I realize more each day the process and forcefulness of aging. Strange
pains, memory lapses, names forgotten, uncertainty with oneself, the
mirror reflection of white and balding head. New facial lines. Losing
things. Everything becomes more difficult to do.
The following website is neat, describing the writing of quotes for a
journal (that is why I wrote what is above.) It is a gracious point for
beginning a journal.
Pamela Weatherill in Austalia has some neat comments on my "How to
From Jill Novak some good thoughts on journaling.
On Friday evening and all day Saturday, March 7 & 8, 2008 you are
John Dear, a Jesuit priest and the author of 25 books, is an activist in
the peace movement who has gone to jail more than 75 times as a result
of nonviolent protests aimed at securing peace in various parts of the
world. These include El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Guatemala,
Nicaragua, Haiti, the Middle East, the Philippines, and Iraq. In Iraq he
led a delegation of Nobel Peace Prize winners to witness the terrible
effects on Iraqi children of the sanctions imposed on that country.
From 1998-2000 John Dear was executive direct or of the Fellowship of
Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United
States. Currently, he is the coordinator of Pax Christi New Mexico, and
he lectures to tens of thousands of people each year across the U.S.
Among those who have shaped John Dear's involvement in the peace
movement are Thomas Merton and Daniel Berrigan about whom he has written
powerfully and memorably.
To register for the conference, contact the Thomas Merton Society of
Canada at 604-669-2546 or email@example.com. The Friday evening talk is at
7 p.m. (minimum donation $10). The Saturday talks, which will feature
John Dear and other significant speakers, are $50 for the whole day
(9-5) or $30 for the half day (includes lunch). Those troubled about the
present participation by Canada and the U.S. in war will want to be
Thomas Merton Society of Canada
"Last night it snowed again and there is a fairly thick blanket of snow
(THE SIGN OF JONAS, page 27 ... Merton wrote this on the first
in Lent of 1947.)
What is all I want?
Via Wayne Burns
We spent most of last night watching the news, listening to the radio,
From my friend Rodney who will be the first Tennessean in the Iditarod.
Yesterday we ran about 43 miles. SGT Woodward went ahead on a
took some really good photos. I hope to have them on the website before
weekend is over. It was a good, but difficult run. The further we
towards McCloud's Grade, the deeper the snow was. Nobody had been over
trail since our snow storm a couple of nights ago. The dogs dug in and
pulled through the deep snow. It was slow going, but good training for
the dogs and the musher.
Today the team and I headed out for a 28 mile run. On this run, there
spot where there is a sharp left turn that then goes straight down
the time the sled gets to the turn (with musher on board), the dogs are
high gear going down the hill. Usually the sled turns short, catches a
snowbank, and turns over on its right side. I have about gotten used to
inconvenience and expect it, however, I try to swing the sled out and
the snowbank. Today I was ready for it. The dogs turned and when the
got to the turn, I was riding outside of the right runner. Great! I
the turn without hitting the snowbank and without turning over on the
side. Instead, the sled turned over on the left side. I hung on as I
dragged through the snow. (Now, everything I'm telling you happened in
2 seconds.) Suddenly I noticed we were sliding into some brush.
thought, "this will stop the sled." It did, but not just the brush. I
head first right into a tree. The tree did not budge. I hurt from the
of my head to the bottom of my feet. I now have two big lumps on my
One is on my forehead and the other right between my eyes. I just hope
eyes don't turn black. I have never had a headache quite like this
have been sucking on ibuprofen all evening. It also banged up my neck
that I can only turn my head to the left, and that only a few degrees.
As for the run itself, the dogs are really firming up as a team. I
dogs around to different positions and have been pairing them up
to see how they run best. No matter where I run them, they do great.
A week from this coming Friday (February 15) I will run the UP 200 in
Marquette, Michigan. Then on February 20, we head to Alaska. In the
meantime, I'm getting something for this headache!
Mush on and Mush Strong!
This website has really stimulated me while reading the Psalms. It is a