RELIGION
01/31/2014 01:21 pm ET | Updated Jan 31, 2014

10 Thomas Merton Quotes To Celebrate The American Monk's Birthday

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Thomas Merton was a Catholic, a monk, a mystic, briefly a Communist, a civil rights activist and a prolific writer. Born on January 31, 1915, his life was cut short when he died by accidental electrocution while on a visit to Thailand. His work, however, has lived on.

Here is footage of Thomas Merton speaking on the fundamental nature of religiosity in the modern era:

Although the full scope of Merton's teachings cannot be condensed into sound bites, many of his statements powerfully stand on their own as life wisdom:

The Wisdom Of Thomas Merton

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