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The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Monica Weis

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130040
eISBN:
9780813135717
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton's life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our ... More


Mystic as Fire Watcher: Thomas Merton

S.J. William Harmless

in Mystics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter looks at a recent mystic, the American monk Thomas Merton (1915–1968). He was arguably the most popular spiritual writer of the twentieth century and is best known for his autobiography, ... More


The Sermon on the Seven Storey Mount

Mary Lowe-Evans

in Catholic Nostalgia in Joyce and Company

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032856
eISBN:
9780813038643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032856.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the influence of James Joyce's Catholic nostalgia on Anglo-American Catholic writer Thomas Merton. It explains that though Merton had no Catholic childhood, no Catholic mother, ... More


Merton’s Evolving Ecological Consciousness

SSJ Monica Weis

in The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130040
eISBN:
9780813135717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter traces the steps of an emerging ecological consciousness—from Thomas Merton's letter to Rachel Carson in 1963 until his last published book review a few months before his death in 1968. ... More


Merging Inner and Outer Landscapes: Prayer, Poetry, and Photography

SSJ Monica Weis

in The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130040
eISBN:
9780813135717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on Thomas Merton's inner and outer landscapes, investigating how love of nature overflowed into prayer; how prayer often expanded into celebration of nature; and how frequently, ... More


Seeing Differently: Recognizing the Holy in the Ordinary

SSJ Monica Weis

in The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130040
eISBN:
9780813135717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores the passages from Thomas Merton's journals, spanning several years, to give ongoing evidence of the multiple ways nature and ordinary experiences influenced his writing, ... More


Learning to See: Becoming Awake

SSJ Monica Weis

in The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130040
eISBN:
9780813135717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines Thomas Merton's early life, looking for examples of seeds: influences and patterns that contributed to his predisposition for ecological thinking. It specifically concentrates ... More


Mystics

William Harmless

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195300383
eISBN:
9780199851560
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300383.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Mystics are path-breaking religious practitioners who claim to have experience of the infinite, word-defying mystery that is God. Many have been gifted writers with an uncanny ability to communicate ... More


Religious Reading in the Wake of War: American Spirituality in the 1940s

Matthew S. Hedstrom

in The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195374490
eISBN:
9780199979141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374490.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores in greater detail the interfaith reading and spiritual cosmopolitanism of the war and postwar years. The reading campaign of the National Conference of Christians and Jews ... More


“Spots of Time”: Moments of Awakening

SSJ Monica Weis

in The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813130040
eISBN:
9780813135717
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter applies the concept of “spots of time” to three graced moments that reveal Thomas Merton's increasing reliance on nature for his spiritual growth: his impetuous climb up a Kentucky knob ... More


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