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Mark Shaw is the author of fifteen books. He holds a Masters degree in theological studies and is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society. A former defense attorney and columnist for the Aspen Daily News, he has been a television legal analyst for ABC, CBS, and ESPN. He hosts a popular "Merton and friends" blog at http://merton.markshawbooks.net, and his personal website is www.markshawbooks.net. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Thomas Merton, Mark and Miracles

Posted April 21, 2010 | 15:00:56 (EST)

After years of suffering beneath a mask of holiness, Thomas Merton, called by Henri Nouwen, "the greatest spiritual writer of the twentieth century," discovered his true love. Despite being forbidden to see Margie Smith, a student nurse half Merton's age, the wise sage learned about how to love, and be...

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Thomas Merton, Rock Stars, and the Enablers that Serve Them

Posted April 13, 2010 | 11:20:09 (EST)

Yes, we are a world packed with rock stars. But they appear in many forms these days. Examples: Thomas Merton, Tiger Woods, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, baseball player Mark McGuire, and the Pope.

What an interesting group! All have worn masks at times, or still wear them. Each has attempted,...

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The Catholic Church: A Church In Denial

Posted April 2, 2010 | 13:45:37 (EST)

Sex abuse scandal has once again hit the worldwide media. The culprit - no surprise here - Catholic Church priests.

Though Pope Benedict XVI has chastised Irish bishops for irreverent errors of judgment regarding the handling of multiple cases where priests sexually abused innocent youngsters, and bishops from Switzerland to...

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Famous Merton Book Must Be Recalled Due to Censorship

Posted February 10, 2010 | 15:58:44 (EST)

Since 1949, millions of people have read Thomas Merton's famous book, The Seven Storey Mountain (SSM), a compelling account of the gifted wordsmith's pre-monastic years. The book became a New York Times bestseller with more than 600,000 copies sold in the first year alone. During the sixty-plus years since the...

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The Thomas Merton Book 'They' Don't Want You to Read

Posted January 14, 2010 | 11:23:04 (EST)

Every author risks unfavorable review when he or she writes a book. Hemingway received poor reviews, Kerouac and Emile Zola did too. Contemporary writers such as J. K. Rowling, John Grisham and Stephen King have also not been immune to such undesirable reception.

When I wrote this fresh biography of...

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Tiger Woods, Thomas Merton, and the Consequences of Wearing a Mask

Posted December 16, 2009 | 07:31:01 (EST)

Poor Tiger Woods. All he had was a million dollar reputation, a multi-million dollar bank account, a multi-multi-million dollar Florida mansion, and more important, a beautiful, loving wife and two young children by his side. He was hailed as the greatest golfer in the world, one who loved the game...

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Thomas Merton and the Catholic Church Ban on Marriage

Posted December 8, 2009 | 11:35:17 (EST)

He's fifty-one. She's twenty-five. He's the most famous monk in the world. She's a student nurse with romance on her mind. The two meet, and presto, an intense, erotic love affair commences threatening scandal for the Catholic Church at every turn. As the affair blossoms into true love, the literary...

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