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Thomas Merton

Why You Might Not Be Free

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 06.30.2014 | 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.

Conversation With A Spiritual Icon

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Certain individuals usher us into great moments in our lives. I was a guest speaker at a Kentucky campus in the early 1960s when, to my surprise, I received an invitation to visit one of the world's renowned religious leaders, Thomas Merton.

Catholic Nuns, The Vatican And Straight But Crooked Lines

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.

As A Flower To The Sun

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Know that the sun is shining and you, my friend, are blossoming into Life itself. You are the color on the canvas of creation that creates what's beautiful about this world.

What I've Learned From The Spiritual Masters

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My own tradition has mistakenly taught that meditation is an eastern practice and that Christians pray instead. What many do not know, however, is that meditation is the highest form of Christian prayer, too.

Cover Bands Don't Change the World

Todd Henry | Posted 09.10.2011 | Books
Todd Henry

Whatever your role and sphere of influence, don't be a cover band. Find your voice.

How To Know God Beyond Organized Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Knowing God is the purpose of human existence. It's why you showed up. It took me half a lifetime before I got this.

It's the Age of Metaphor -- Literally

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Robert E. Murphy

The trendy word that I've noticed most lately is "metaphor." This used to be confined mainly to academia, but in the past few years it has broken out like a rash among the general population. I am curious about how such trends get started.

Who Was Thomas Merton? Film Explores Influential Catholic Writer

Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion

The documentary film "Who Cares About The Saints?", released by Loyola Productions, explores the lives and legacies of saints from the time of Peter t...

Colbert: Try Hinduism For Lent

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

On Ash Wednesday, you announced that you were giving up Catholicism for Lent and would try out other religions during the season. May I suggest Hinduism?

Julia the Hindu, and the Pray in Eat Pray Love

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The powerful forces of celebrity and popular culture have thrust India's Vedic heritage into the spotlight. All the media attention inspires some to cynicism and others to a genuine spiritual enquiry.