Thomas Merton Memorial Day
Thomas Merton Memorial Day-
Several years ago several of us online began a day of retreat on December 10th in reference to Thomas Merton. He entered The Abbey of Gethsemani on December 10, 1941, and died in Thailand on December 10, 1968. The significance to this date is important to many of us. So today, in memory of Thomas Merton, we have a day dedicated to his memory. Having an online retreat seems appropriate at this time.
Enclosed is a previous format of this retreat, using the seven hours of prayer used by the monks at Gethsemani, Merton's home monastery.
HOW TO KEEP THIS:
You can use a previous retreat if you like and add to it as appropriate. Its location is:
Or you can use your own reflections from Merton's readings, using your own Merton library, and please journal your entries. On facebook you can journal your entries if you like or add to this blog.
I am so thankful for Thomas Merton. Without his spiritual direction I would never have had the opportunities I have been given. I am thankful for that. THANK YOU FATHER! for placing him as a mentor in my life.
As this is a day of retreat with Merton the following are listed as prayer hours, or minutes. You may vary as you like.
7 am vigils and lauds
9 am- Terce
5 pm - Vespers
Bedtime - Compline
MAY THIS BE A TREASURED DAY OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL.