Resources about Thomas Merton and related topics available through the Blume Library. Materials include books, electronic books, articles, databases, and web resources. Developed in commemoration of the centennial of Merton's birth.
The story of four modern American Catholics who made literature out of their search for God. Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Dorothy Day the founder of the Catholic Worker in New York; Flannery O'Connor a "Christ-haunted" literary prodigy in Georgia; Walker Percy a doctor in New Orleans who quit medicine to write fiction and philosophy. A friend came up with a name for them-the School of the Holy Ghost-and for three decades they exchanged letters, ardently read one another's books, and grappled with what one of them called a "predicament shared in common."
While one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time, Merton was also a man, struggling to understand his own spirituality & wrestling with self-doubt & guilt. His struggle to do the right thing is portrayed through his painful psychological development, the adamant social stances he took with controversial movements, and his confrontations with authority. What emerges is a man in search of spiritual enlightenment determined to live a virtuous life.
Silent Lamp is the name given to Merton two years before he died by the Chinese philosopher John Wu--and a perfect metaphor for the healing light that still spreads from his life and work to people everywhere.
Taking up where Merton's own Seven Storey Mountain ends, this penetrating biography by Lawrence Cunningham explores Merton's monastic life and his subsequent growth into a modern-day spiritual master. Though the basic story of Thomas Merton's life may be well known, the details of his spiritual development are less familiar. Cunningham shows that Merton's prolific writings and his continuing influence can only be understood against the background of his contemplative experience as a Trappist monk.