Seeds

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Shambhala Publications, 2002 - Religion - 167 pages
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Thomas Merton is often considered the most prominent Christian contemplative of the twentieth century, but he was also a political activist, social visionary, and literary figure whose writings combine the candor of Thoreau and the moral vision of Gandhi. Here is a remarkably accessible introduction to his work: a collection of a short, vivid excerpts arranged in four parts so as to parallel the journey of a seeking soul in the modern world. and and and andbull;and  andquot;Real and False Selvesandquot; distinguishes between our real selves, a deep religious mystery known entirely only to God, and the identities we take on in order to function in society. and and and andbull;and  andquot;The World We Live Inandquot; provides a spiritual context to modern life, moving from a stark rejection of its empty promises to a deep compassion for its tragic limitations. and and and andbull;and  andquot;Antidotes to Illusionandquot; reflects on contemplative practices that can serve as the allies of our andquot;real selvesandquot; in the battle against illusion: silence, solitude, meditation, prayer, charity, and faith. and and and andbull;and  andquot;Love in Actionandquot; explores the role of the contemplative in the modern age and the challenges and pitfalls of living a life of active love. Merton's startling critique of a society driven by technology and rampant acquisition, the politics of andquot;good versus evil,andquot; and the self-deluding complacency of the spiritual andquot;lifestyleandquot; demonstrate beyond doubt that his writings are as urgent today as they were in his lifetime.

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User Review  - Phillip - Goodreads

A book that changed my life! It was my first introduction to the writing of Thomas Merton. Robert Inchausti has successfully drawn paragraphs from Merton's many works and compiled them together under ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dan Smee - Goodreads

Thomas Merton: Rebel with an Existential Cause To describe Thomas Merton as a Trappist monk and writer falls short. In my reading of his ideas, Merton seemed to me to be a “rebel with an existential ... Read full review

Contents

REAL AND FALSE SELVES
1
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
25
ANTIDOTES TO ILLUSION
57
Copyright

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Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain .

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