New Seeds of Contemplation

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New Directions Publishing, 1972 - Religion - 297 pages
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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 humans. The book takes a compelling yet thoughtful look at a wide variety of spiritual themes, but is -- like most of Merton's writings -- devoid of theorizing. A must for anyone who is ready to seriously reassess the reality and direction of his or her life. But beware: you will not emerge untouched.

Reprinted over twenty times and translated into more than twelve languages.

 

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User Review  - Christopher Floss - Goodreads

The small chapters of this book contain deep insights into Merton's spirituality. These individual writings were the fruit of Merton's prayer while he was living in the hermitage on the grounds of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

I very much enjoyed this book. It is a challenging read; primarily due to the difficulty (if not impossibility) of describing what connection with God is like. Despite this, it provides glimpses and ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT Is CONTEMPLATION? I
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
DETACHMENT 203
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 ROOT OF WAR Is FEAR
112
HELL AS HATRED
123
FAITH
126
FROM FAITH TO WISDOM
131
TRADITION AND REVOLUTION
142
MENTAL PRAYER 214
2-14
DISTRACTIONS 221
2-21
THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING 225
2-25
THE NIGHT OF THE SENSES 233
2-33
JOURNEY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS 239
2-39
THE WRONG FLAME 245
2-45
RENUNCIATION 250
2-50
INWARD DESTITUTION 262
2-62
SHARING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION 268
2-68
PURE LOVE 275
2-75
THE GENERAL DANCE 290
2-90
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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, Thoughts in Solitude, and The Way of Chuang Tzu

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