Thomas Merton on Thomistic Thought and the Ways of God

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Thomas Merton on Thomistic Thought and the Ways of God

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Introductory Lecture + 5 Talks on 3 CDs
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Explore the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and his followers as you listen to the voice of Thomas Merton.

While he was a student at Columbia University, Thomas Merton stumbled upon The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy by renowned neo-Thomistic philosopher Étienne Gilson. An essential work on St. Thomas and other Christian philosophers, it led him down a path of spiritual searching that would culminate with his conversion to the Catholic Church and entrance into a Trappist monastery.

These five talks, originally delivered by Thomas Merton to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani, examine “On the Ways of God” (De divinis moribus), a short work attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas and likely written by a pseudonymous author. In this series, Merton explores the simple, perfect, infinite,and immutable nature of God..

Merton’s talks are more akin to retreat conferences than didactic academic presentations. In them, you will find profound reflections on the Divine perfections as expressed in De divinis moribus. He applies these qualities to our own lives, looking at how God provides a powerful model for imitating the Divine. Just as we are made in the image of God, so we are called to imitate the Father and thus become Godlike.

Thomas Merton on Thomistic Thought and the Ways of God is an exceptional journey through medieval philosophy and Thomistic thought. Join Thomas Merton in imitating the divine today.

This set includes an afterword by Fr. Anthony Ciorra.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles


  • Imitating God (3/6/1963)
  • The Goodness of Creation (3/13/1963)
  • The Justice of God (3/20/1963)
  • Goodness Shared (3/27/1963)
  • Living the Godly Life (4/3/1963)
  • Afterward by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.
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Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and bestselling author of such beloved works as The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation. One of the 20th century’s great mystics, Merton was also a masterful teacher who delivered powerful conferences to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. In these conferences, Merton’s thinking moved from cloistered monastic life to issues of social justice and interreligious understanding. A spiritual sage and guide for countless men and women, Merton struggled with complex questions about God’s existence and the role of organized religion.

Those who knew him also experienced his gifts as a homilist and teacher. These special, remastered recordings are part of his spoken word legacy. They are actual recordings of Thomas Merton. By agreement with The Thomas Merton Legacy Trust, Now You Know Media has the sole right to record, master, re-master, duplicate, market, and disseminate copies of "The Merton Recordings," which are a selection of the archives housed in the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Catholic spirituality. He was ordained as a priest in 1973. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II awarded him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. Fr. Ciorra was also awarded the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.

Fr. Ciorra's books include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998). He is also the co-editor, with Dr. Michael W. Higgins, of Vatican II: A Universal Call to Holiness (Paulist, 2012).

Fr. Ciorra holds graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He earned his Ph.D. in historical theology from Fordham University.

Currently, Fr. Ciorra is Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity and Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart University. Previously, he served as dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development a...

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I can listen to Merton's conferences many times and still there is more to hear.
Review by Edward (Posted on 11/23/2015)
Merton's insights into this very short work of St. Thomas Aquinas bring out the true riches of Aquinas' thought. Review by Anonymous, Westmont, IL (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Merton's lectures or classes are with the monastery Novices & he includes them in the discussions...very enlightening & sometimes funny. Each lecture is focused on a specific topic eg the nature of God , how God is simple, imitating God, the goodness of creation etc The messages are very simple, practical and adaptable to ones everyday life regardless of one's vocation. I went back many times to re-listen & still do and each time I get additional insights & spiritual growth. Review by William Ryan, Westminster, Colorado, USA. (Posted on 4/14/2015)
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