No Man Is an Island

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Shambhala Publications, 2005 - Religion - 280 pages
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Here, in one of his most popular of his more than thirty books, Thomas Merton provides further meditations on the spiritual life in sixteen thoughtful essays, beginning with his classic treatise "Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away." This sequel to Seeds of Contemplation provides fresh insight into Merton's favorite topics of silence and solitude, while also underscoring the importance of community and the deep connectedness to others that is the inevitable basis of the spiritual life--whether one lives in solitude or in the midst of a crowd.
 

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After you have been through your own HELL, then you learn how to be merciful to others who are going through the same.You don't open your mouth to CRITICIZE, ATTACK or JUDGE others when you yourself have gone through the same tunnel.
I HAVE MADE THE WORD OF GOD THE ONLY STANDARD MEASURE OF PROGRESS.
 

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Great read. It took a few pages to get connected with his thoughts. It speaks to what is real in life.

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Contents

Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away
1
Sentences on Hope
13
Conscience Freedom and Prayer
24
Pure Intention
54
The Word of the Cross
80
Asceticism and Sacrifice
100
Being and Doing
123
Vocation
138
Sincerity
198
Mercy
218
Recollection
229
My Soul Remembered God
243
The Wind Blows Where It Pleases
250
The Inward Solitude
258
Silence
269
Copyright

The Measure of Charity
173

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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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