New Seeds of Contemplation

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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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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

Contents

INTRODUCTION BY SUE MONK KIDD PREFACE
AUTHORS NOTE
WHAT IS CONTEMPLATION?
WHAT CONTEMPLATION IS
SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION
EVERYTHING THAT IS IS HOLY
THINGS IN THEIR IDENTITY
PRAY FOR YOUR OWN DISCOVERY
THE MORAL THEOLOGY OF THE DEVIL
INTEGRITY
SENTENCES
THE ROOT OF WAR IS FEAR
HELLAS HATRED 18 FAITH
FROM FAITH TO WISDOM
TRADITION AND REVOLUTION
THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST

UNION AND DIVISION
SOLITUDE IS NOT SEPARATION
WE ARE ONE
A BODY OF BROKEN BONES
LEARN TO BE ALONE
THE PURE HEART
LIFE IN CHRIST
THE WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE
HE WHO IS NOT WITH ME IS AGAINST
HUMILITY AGAINST DESPAIR
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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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