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The Untold Story of Thomas Merton
The Untold Story of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton is one of the most well-known and influential Catholic writers of the 20th century. His writings have resonated with readers from all faiths, from Christian to Buddhist, and his thoughts on spirituality and social justice have been both profound and inspiring. This book tells the untold story of one of America’s most famous spiritual giants and social warriors, Thomas Merton.

The Untold Story of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton is one of the most well-known and influential Catholic writers of the 20th century. His writings have resonated with readers from all faiths, from Christian to Buddhist. And his thoughts on spirituality and social justice have been both profound and inspiring. In this book, you will be taken to a new level of understanding about an American hero. The monk found himself at the crossroads of faith and politics.

Who Is Thomas Merton?

Thomas Merton is a writer who, in the 1950s, began a spiritual retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani. He became a well-known figure among the spiritual community and was heavily sought after by people seeking counsel on matters both religious and worldly.

Merton wrote over 30 books on spirituality. His writings have been translated into 28 languages and his work has influenced countless people around the world.

Merton’s thoughts on social justice are as relevant today as they were back then. He believed that peace is not found only through prayer but also through action. Merton’s journal from his time in Vietnam contains insights into why he was such an advocate for peace.

Great social warriors like Merton can be difficult to find these days. That’s why it’s important to know about him and his life of service to others.

The Early Life of Thomas Merton

Merton was born in France, in the town of Prades near the Spanish border. His father, Owen Merton, was a writer and artist. He died when Thomas was just five years old. Merton’s mother, Ruth Clark Merton, had not wanted to marry a Catholic and was initially disappointed that her husband became a Roman Catholic convert shortly before his death.

As time passed, she came to appreciate her new faith and played an important part in bringing up their son as a Catholic.

Merton grew up with a number of nannies and never got close to any of them. He also had a sister named Jane who was four years younger than him. His mother died when he was 18 from cancer and his sister Jane died 3 years later from leukemia.

Merton became an American citizen at age 22 in 1947.

Merton’s education ranged from French schools to homeschooling by his mother with occasional tutoring by an aunt or uncle or visiting scholar of some renown. He graduated high school at 16 before embarking on studies at Columbia University where he found himself unhappy with the competitive atmosphere that surrounded him there too and transferred to the University of Cambridge in England as soon as he could get into it after graduating from Columbia College (the undergraduate division).

The Controversy of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was a prolific writer and his words have resonated with readers from all faiths. His writings on spirituality and social justice have been both profound and inspiring.

Merton’s writings had an enormous influence on the 20th century, but they were not without controversy. For instance, his book No Man Is An Island drew criticism for its statements about Judaism, while his 1961 essay “Reflections on Violence” caused a stir in liberal circles. And there are still controversies around him today: some people criticize Merton’s timing in writing The Seven Story Mountain right before Vatican II convened and he could have influenced Church reforms- even though he never intended to do so-while others criticize him for being too silent about racial discrimination in America during the civil rights era.

Despite the controversies surrounding him. Thomas Merton remains one of the most influential Catholic writers of the 20th century whose spiritual insights and social activism helped change lives across cultures, religions, and time periods.

The Legacy of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was a prolific writer and thinker, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his autobiography and the Nobel Prize for his spiritual reflections. His writings are recognized by many as some of the most influential and profound Christian works of the 20th century. But Merton has also been called one of America’s most famous spiritual giants and social warriors.

Merton risked his life to fight racial inequality in the United States. When he refused to leave a sit-in protest in a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina. He became an avid supporter of nonviolent protest against injustice and identified with Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence in a way that led him to embrace Eastern philosophies like Zen Buddhism.

He was arguably one of the first Catholic intellectuals to take part in discussions about race relations between blacks and whites. Dialogue between Christians and Jews, ecumenical unity, interfaith understanding, and peace activism during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Though he didn’t sign on to any particular movement due to his deep respect for each people. Own choice in how they live their lives with meaning. Merton advocated for all these causes at different points throughout his life.

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