Talk about losing your life in order to find it. Thomas Merton's first book, The Seven Storey Mountain, describes his early doubts, his conversion to a Catholic faith of extreme certainty, and his decision to take life vows as a Trappist. Although his conversionary piety sometimes falls into sticky-sweet abstractions, Merton's autobiographical reflections are mostly wise, humble, and concrete.
Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism.
After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University.
His parents, nominally friends, had given him little religious guidance, and inhe converted to Roman Catholicism. The following year he received an M.
His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" ; there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2: As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by.
Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression.
Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, "The Seven Storey Mountain, I believe it can be said, is the story of a young man named Thomas Merton being judged by a monk named Father Louis." Father Louis of course, is the name Merton was given when he was accepted into the monastery.
“The Seven Storey Mountain” is the story of Thomas Merton: writer, mystic, and monk. Born in France and raised in the U.S., Bermuda, France, and England, Thomas Merton . ― Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain. likes. Like This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.
” ― Thomas Merton When you re-read your journal you find out that your latest discovery is something you already found out five years ago. Still, it is true that one penetrates deeper and deeper into the same ideas and.
time he finished The Seven Storey Mountain in the late s, Thomas Merton had mastered 1. Robert Giroux, "Editing The Seven Storey Mountain," America (22 October ): no.
11, p. 2. Robert Lowell, "The Verses of Thomas Merton," Commonweal 42 (22 June ): no. 10, pp. Complete Journals of Thomas Merton: Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocation () edited by Patrick Hart, OCSO. Books by Thomas Merton.
The Seven Storey Mountain. Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journey. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt.
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