S+L logo

Thomas Merton Unveiled

June 8, 2009
mertonAs a young Catholic student in university I went through the usual struggles with my faith. I was helped, to a large degree, by a kind priest-chaplain who recommended a book which has remained a personal favorite. Thomas Merton's brilliantly written (the book should be mandatory reading for writers as well as the spiritually hungry) Seven Storey Mountain offers a profound and eloquent glimpse into the mindset of a young man who grapples with all the unanswered questions and modern quandaries of human existence and who ultimately finds peace and solace in Christ and his Church.
I am not the only one who was touched by this Trappist Monk who has been described as part Augustine, Emerson and Ghandi. He drew a huge following through his numerous books, essays and poetry, which all explored meaning and man's relationship with the divine and each other. Merton's remarkable life is explored in a documentary film set to premiere this Tuesday, June 9th, at 8 pm ET on Salt + Light Television. Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton offers a rare, candid and unprecedented glimpse into Merton's many struggles, temptations and quest for meaning and redemption.
Related posts
"What I’m Reading" Wednesday: One Beautiful Dream
FacebookTwitter
Read Allyson Kenny's take on Jennifer Fulwiler's new book, which blends the everyday and the eternal in a style that is down to earth, highly readable, and surprisingly relatable. ...read more
The Vocation to Lay Ministry in the Church
FacebookTwitter
Read Michael Pirri's reflection on his take on faith, and his experience working as a full-time Social and Community Coordinator for his home parish. ...read more
In an exclusive interview with Reuters published today, the pope gets vocal about Trump's migrant policy and supports the US bishops. ...read more
God calls everyone to his table
FacebookTwitter
Read Chelsea Santiago's reflection on her insecurities with the Lord, and personal encounter with Jesus in her reflection God calls everyone to his table. ...read more
According to US Homeland Security, close to two thousand children have been separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on immigration. Here are the stories that we co ...read more