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Thomas Merton

Happy 100th to Three Icons: Watts, Merton, Holiday

Philip Goldberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Philip Goldberg

I recently discovered that this year marks the 100th birthday of three cultural icons who influenced my life deeply in the late 1960s, when I first se...

Daily Meditation: We Are Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Particular Way of Caring

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

A Christian education doesn't usually teach us to walk gingerly, plant flowers, or think about the life of the tree that you are cutting for firewood -- or at least, not yet. Pope Francis is about to change that.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 1: The Spirit Behind a Radical Movement for Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

The spirit that lies behind my work comes from a deep longing to harness our contemplative wisdom for a new age, helping those who long to cultivate their own gifts and graces to serve our human family in the greatest way possible.

Why Meditate -- When I Could Be Sorting the Socks?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I've tried meditating a few times - a very few times. I'm well read on the subject, however. Indeed, I've spent way more time reading about meditation than I've spent doing it.

What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and ...

Benched at 67: And Loving It

Carol Orsborn | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Carol Orsborn

If you saw an older man or woman sitting alone on a bench in a park, what would be your first response?

Margins and Wordless Wonder

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I'd spent the past few weeks feeling completely lost, purposeless, and alone, but in the simple actions of that little girl, I began to realize the simplicity and power of hope and faith in our world. All I needed to do was to figure out a way of silencing all the noise around and inside of me, and begin to focus on the beauty of a moment, the belief in the wonderful.

Silence and Kindness in the Wake of #Ferguson

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Kelly Suellentrop

Every part of what is now just known as #Ferguson is a tragedy. Loss of life, loss of community, loss of businesses, loss of reputation, loss of faith. It has become something bigger than me, bigger than all of us, and represents many different struggles.

To Be OK with the Blank Page

Cassidy Hall | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Cassidy Hall

From my experiences at these various monasteries, I found that it wasn't until I sat through these things in silence and space that I could reach a much deeper and often darker place of self-discovery, which led and still leads me to more of my true self.

Why You Might Not Be Free

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

In the end, the only true freedom is the spiritual form, because once attained, it can never be taken away without our consent.

River Vow: Keys to Aging and Joy

Carol Orsborn | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Carol Orsborn

There was a grace, a simplicity, to the river's ever-changing ripples, waves and current that shows us not only why, but how to let go of the past and embrace change. What the river does so well is accommodate. It accommodates the gentle breeze and the cutting prow of the barge equally.

Bill Moyers and Our Call to Bear Witness in a Time of Crisis

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when we find ourselves in near-despair over a democratic process increasingly influenced by concentrated economic power, let us heed the visionaries in our midst who offer bold alternatives.

Daily Meditation: Trust

Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Power of Not Knowing

Roger Housden | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Roger Housden

Imagine a world in which everything is known and under control. It would be a flatland. There would be no amazement, no wonder, no edge. I believe tha...

10 Mystical Quotes To Celebrate Thomas Merton's Birthday

Posted 01.31.2014 | Religion

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...

Kentucky Nuns Issue "Energy Vision", Urge Halt to Pipeline

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Keith Runyon

The stewards of these many acres understand that with land comes power, and a good number of them are dedicated to use that power to stop what they see as an onslaught against the earth's sacred soil, sacred air and sacred water as well as the safety and well-being of human communities.

Does Suffering Bring Us Closer to God?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

I'm going to be brutally honest here. I know it's a popular theory that the means to God is through suffering, but I'm not a proponent. In fact, I'm not a believer in suffering as a means to anything, really, except pain.

Prayer for a Nonviolent Life

John Dear | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
John Dear

Help me to be nonviolent to myself. Give me the grace to let go of violence, to love and accept myself, to treat myself nonviolently, to cultivate inner peace, and to dwell in your peace.

Trappist Monk's Love Life To Be Chronicled In New Movie

Orange County Register | Cathleen Falsani | Posted 08.09.2013 | Religion

Don’t sing love songs, you’ll wake my mother She’s sleeping here right by my side And in her right hand a silver dagger, She says that ...

One Hundred Days of Pope Francis

Thomas Worcester | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Since his election on March 13, Pope Francis has captivated the imaginations and enkindled the hopes of many millions of Catholics and others throughout the world.

Brother With A Semi-Colon: Remembering Rev. Will D. Campbell

Bert Montgomery | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Since his passing, many have been and will continue to be writing about their memories of and experiences with Will Campbell -- and rightfully so. I look forward to reading them. But I now understand why Will chose to keep his Thomas Merton memories to himself.

The Most Important Catholic Is..

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

I'm no theologian, but I have heard for a lifetime, from Catholic preachers and teachers of all stripes, that "the least" matter the most in the eyes of God.

Post-Katrina Jungian Jambalaya

Bert Montgomery | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

My dreams at night were about Destrehan and New Orleans. School friends from the 1980s were mixed together with my seminary studies, with my church, and with my family in 2005-2006. It was like time ceased to exist and everything and everybody were all stirred in together in one big kettle.

Would A 20th Century Christian Monk Use This?

Carl McColman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Carl McColman

"Returning to Reality" demonstrates how the wisdom of a contemplative master from the past can remain surprisingly relevant to the concerns of the present. Merton's perspective on technology echoes not only Thoreau, but even Christ's assessment of the religious customs of his day.