Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, and the Rest of the Story

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Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, and the Rest of the Story

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Be inspired by Thomas Merton’s life and deep spirituality as you journey through his most insightful books, letters, journals, and poetry. This is your opportunity to know Merton intimately.

While it remains his most famous work, The Seven Storey Mountain is only the tip of the iceberg of Merton’s rich, multi-layered oeuvre.

In this series, you will join acclaimed Merton biographer Professor Michael W. Higgins in exploring Merton’s compelling autobiographical literature. As you examine Merton’s journals, letters, novels, and poetry, you will encounter a vivid portrait of the premier Catholic spiritual figure of the twentieth century.

Born during World War I to a pair of artists living in France, Thomas Merton was a brilliant, Columbia-educated scholar who lived a worldly existence. It was within the walls of the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani, however, that he would truly discover his voice—the force behind his astounding literary output.

A chronicler of the soul’s unfolding, Merton lives on through his journals. As you will see, his endless and constant self-revision—his elaboration of The Seven Storey Mountain—remind us that the spiritual enterprise in which Merton was engaged was nothing less than the supreme enterprise of emptying himself.

Photographs of Thomas Merton used with permission of the Thomas Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction to Thomas Merton
  • The Secular Journal of Thomas Merton
  • The Seven Storey Mountain, Part I
  • The Seven Storey Mountain, Part II
  • The Sign of Jonas
  • Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
  • A Vow of Conversation
  • The New Mexico, Alaskan, and West Coast Journals
  • The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
  • The Restricted Journals of Thomas Merton
  • My Argument with the Gestapo: The Novel as Autobiography
  • The Seven Storey Mountain Revisited
About Your Presenter

Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D., is the leading biographer of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. He is a celebrated scholar, an award-winning author and documentarian, and the Vatican affairs specialist for the Globe and Mail and CTV Network. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought and previously served as Professor of Religious Studies and Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University. He is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. Previously, he served as the president of St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, and of St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.

Prof. Higgins has edited and co-edited, authored, and co-authored thirteen books including: Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton, The Jesuit Mystique, Power and Peril: The Catholic Church at the Crossroads, Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint-Making, and Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen. Dr. Higgins is the recipient of many awards, including the 2013 Gold Medal for International Radio Documentaries awarded by the New York Festivals. He is a regular contributor to Commonweal&...

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Summer 2018 Survey
Merton still speaks to us all. Dr. Michael Higgins excellent research and presentations brought Merton's life, teaching and passion to life for us. Too bad more of Merton on DVD not possible. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 7/2/2018)
Spring Survey: April 2017
I felt the DVD onThomas Merton was excellent and he discussed his book... Review by Joan Derry Capitola, Califonrni (Posted on 4/17/2017)
Truly the most honest revelation of an individuals experience. Very inspiring and left me hungering for more of Thomas Merton. Review by Chuck Beebe, Coatseville, PA USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Prof Higgins had the real "dope," as Merton used to say. And he was enthusiastic. Review by Thomas Hostomsky, New York, NY, USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
I appreciate Dr. Higgins' focus on understanding Nouwen--and Merton--as human beings with their own frailties and "growth edges:" no hagiographies here, but an appreciation for the gifts each one contributed to the deepening of the spiritual life in the post-modern era. Review by Rev. Lawrence Hansen Portland, Oregon USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
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