Tag: Thomas Merton
“With the death of Thomas Merton, we lost really one of the great Catholic voices, one of the great prophetic figures within the Catholic Church. And I think that’s why his books are still selling, why they’re still being translated because that message is as relevant today as when he wrote it,” says Dr. Paul Pearson who oversees the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. More
He is a Catholic deacon as well as a professor of English and creative writing, and his many novels come face to face with “the imponderables of life.” More
Brother Paul Quenon, who was inspired to write by his mentor Thomas Merton, says “the purpose of the monastic life in the modern world is to show that we don’t need a purpose. The purpose of life is life.” More
“I see the future going in this direction, that more and more people will realize how important interreligious dialogue is.” More
Brad Gooch is the author of Flannery O’Connor’s biography FLANNERY: A LIFE OF FLANNER O’CONNOR. In describing his experience of writing the book, he says, “…I didn’t have that biographer’s being in love with your subject and then being let down or disillusioned, and indeed it worked a bit in reverse…” More
“Is there anyone here who yearns for life and desires to see good days?” Those stirring words come at the beginning of one of the most durable spiritual guides of all time, the Rule of St. Benedict. More
Read more of Judy Valente’s interview about Thomas Merton with Paul Pearson, director and archivist at Bellarmine University’s Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Read more of Judy Valente’s interview about Thomas Merton with Brother Paul Quenon at Gethsemani Abbey.
Read excerpts from THOMAS MERTON: A LIFE IN LETTERS: The Essential Collection edited by Willam H. Shannon and Christian M. Bochen
View a slideshow of Thomas Merton images.