New Seeds of Contemplation (Google eBook)

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New Directions Publishing, Nov 27, 2007 - Philosophy - 208 pages
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One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd.

New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."
  

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User Review  - Priory - LibraryThing

If you read nothing else by Merton, read this. Personal, direct, and lucid, it contains some of his most challenging insights into the struggle to find an honest relationship with God and one's fellow ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I believe Thomas Merton to be one of the top spiritual writers of the twentieth century. Much of his writing is a difficult read and over my head, but it's also full of easily understood gems that hit ... Read full review

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Contents

WHAT IS CONTEMPLATION?
1
WHAT CONTEMPLATION IS NOT
6
SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION
14
EVERYTHING THAT IS IS HOLY
21
THINGS IN THEIR IDENTITY
29
PRAY FOR YOUR OWN DISCOVERY
37
UNION AND DIVISION
47
SOLITUDE IS NOT SEPARATION
52
THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST
150
LIFE IN CHRIST
158
THE WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN
167
HE WHO IS NOT WITH ME IS AGAINST ME
176
HUMILITY AGAINST DESPAIR
180
FREEDOM UNDER OBEDIENCE
191
WHAT IS LIBERTY?
199
DETATCHMENT
2-3

WE ARE ONE MAN
64
A BODY OF BROKEN BONES
70
LEARN TO BE ALONE
80
THE PURE HEART
84
THE MORAL THEOLOGY OF THE DEVIL
90
INTEGRITY
98
SENTENCES
104
THE ROOTS OF WAR IS FEAR
112
HELL AS HATRED
123
FAITH
126
FROM FAITH TO WISDOM
131
TRADITION AND REVOLUTION
142
MENTAL PRAYER
2-14
DISTRACTION
2-21
THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING
2-25
THE NIGHT OF THE SENSES
2-33
JOURNEY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS
2-39
THE WRONG FLAME
2-45
RENUNCIATION
2-50
INWARD DESTITUTION
2-62
SHARING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION
2-68
PURE LOVE
2-75
THE GENERAL DANCE
2-90
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About the author (2007)

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The Seven Storey Mountain.

Sue Monk Kidd was born in Sylvester, Georgia. During her thirties, she became deeply influenced by the work of Thomas Merton and C. G. Jung, which would impact her writing in the years ahead. She is the author of When the Heart Waits (1990), The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (1996), The Secret Life of Bees (2002), which sold 4.5 million copies worldwide, The Mermaid Chair (2005), and Firstlight (2006).

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