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Thomas Merton on Contemplation

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You are invited to sit at the feet of a contemplative master.

In the words of renowned theologian Fr. Lawrence Cunningham, Thomas Merton was perhaps “the greatest spiritual writer and spiritual master of the twentieth century.” With a poet’s sensibility, an intellectual’s inquiring mind, and a prophet’s courage, Merton has captured the hearts of readers around the world.

After a radical conversion experience, Merton became a Trappist monk in the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he wrote the spiritual classic The Seven Storey Mountain. At the heart of Merton’s transformative conversion was contemplation. Now, this series invites you into that profound contemplative experience. For Merton, contemplation is a gift from God that calls us to find our place within His creation.

These 6 powerful conferences were recorded by Merton at Gethsemani, where he gave religious instruction to the novice monks. As you listen to Merton in his own voice, you will encounter a candid, personal side of this beloved spiritual writer. Remastered for you to enjoy, these conferences exemplify his teachings on prayer and contemplation.

These carefully selected conferences cover such topics as the spiritual journey, John Cassian’s philosophy of prayer, silence as an act of worship, and the key components of prayer in meditation. In the final conference, you will listen to Merton’s farewell address, a powerful talk that captures the human side of Merton. With an extensive introduction by Merton expert Fr. Anthony Ciorra, these conferences are true treasures.

Discover how time spent with Merton can be transformative.

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***“Photograph of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin. Used with Permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.  These recordings are from the archives of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.
  • The Spiritual Journey (1/16/1963)
  • Cassian on Prayer (5/19/1963)
  • Benefits of Religious Silence (12/14/1963)
  • Prayer and Meditation (1/28/1964)
  • Dealing with Distractions in Prayer (6/14/1964)
  • Solitary Life: A Life Without Care (8/20/1965)
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Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and best-selling 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, moral values, 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 and are part of the archives of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fr. Anthony Ciorra was ordained as a priest in 1973. His experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation ministries. He has graduate degrees in psychology, history, and pastoral theology and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. He has a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University. His publications include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), a book about spirituality in the marketplace, and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1999), a book about living with Christian and moral values in the world. The spirituality in these works is reflected in his involvement in lay ministry formation and secular institute movements. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, he was given the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Pope John Paul in 1999. He was 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. He is Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Previously he was the Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University and the director of the Center for Theologic...
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Customer Reviews (19)
Thomas Merton is presenting instruction to the novices at the monastery which is a preferred venue for listening than the recordings he made on tape for the sisters at the convent. This recording is valued for hearing Merton speaking in a more casual and spontaneous manner than reading from his books. He covers the topic thoroughly and speaks sincerely from history and his own personal experience. Review by David (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Merton's insights hold true even 48 years later. His thoughts on prayer, entrapment and the Church are especially helpful. The editing could be improved. Review by Rev. Randy (Posted on 10/19/2016)
This recording shows Thomas Merton at his most relaxed and confident
This recording shows Thomas Merton at his most relaxed and confident, interacting with his novices, and working hard to explain difficult concepts in a simple way. Review by Netta (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Like being there with him!
Merton teaching the novices was like being there with him, the nuances, the change in his voice, the excitement of his message were a wonderful and spiritual treat. Review by Jim (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Excellent introduction to Thomas Merton's approach to spirituality.
Excellent introduction to Thomas Merton's approach to spirituality. It should trigger an interest in reading "The Seven Story Mountain" and other works by Merton. Review by Rick (Posted on 4/28/2016)
quality not good
It is difficult some times to understand Thomas Mertons voice the quality is not clear. Otherwise I am pleased with this Review by Sr. Carolyn (Posted on 2/3/2016)
It is amazing to be able to hear Thomas Merton's own voice.
It is amazing to be able to hear Thomas Merton's own voice. All of his recordings from Now You Know Media are well done and true treasures.
Review by Timothy (Posted on 11/23/2015)
It was amazing listening to the teachings of Thomas Merton.
It was amazing listening to the teachings of Thomas Merton. He was profound - yet had a delightful sense of humor.
Review by Doris (Posted on 11/23/2015)
The Thomas Merton recordings are a treasure to be listened to over and over.
The Thomas Merton recordings are a treasure to be listened to over and over. Wonderful depth and teaching from a great spiritual adviser.
Review by Dcn. Charlie (Posted on 11/23/2015)
It is uplifting to listen to, again and again.
It is thrilling to hear Merton live, even if sound had to be restored. He really comes across like a "T" (that's capital T) Teacher. It is uplifting to listen to, again and again. Review by Helga (Posted on 9/4/2015)
Merton is most candid and relaxed in this CD set.
Merton is most candid and relaxed in this CD set. Review by Fr. Thomas (Posted on 9/4/2015)
A priceless gift for listeners!
To be able to hear Merton in his own voice, the nuances of his personality come forth... a priceless gift for listeners who never got the chance to meet him. Review by Christopher (Posted on 9/4/2015)
A twentieth century classic!
Thomas Merton's lectures are a twentieth century classic! Now You Know Media has restored these classic presentations in a way that feels like Merton is speaking to you. Review by Alex (Posted on 9/4/2015)
It is such a joy listening not only to the content but the actual voice of Merton. The only drawback is that the voices of the novices he is addressing are difficult to understand. Review by Paul Doherty, Arundel, Maine USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
I absolutely recommend this, even though disagreeing with some of what Thomas Merton says here, but that is a very, very small amount. The rest is thoroughly insightful and well thought-out. Review by William Hester, Rosenberg, TX USA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Recording of Merton's own lectures in his own voice and setting; sometimes hard to hear. Review by Carl Langenderfer, Cincinnati, OH. USA. (Posted on 4/14/2015)
What a great opportunity to listen to him!
It is indeed like being at his feet, listening to his words talking to each of us. It is a life experience worthy to live once and again. Contemplation lessons are good for any of us living in this busy world, surrounded by all kinds of things and always working and active, without time even to think. And solitude is a good practice to prove we don't really need to be "connected" all the time. Review by Francisco Marin (Posted on 5/13/2014)
Important lessons/Mediocre recording
I enjoyed listening to and contemplating the lessons offered by Thomas Merton himself. I was however frustrated by not really being able to hear the comments/questions by the students who were participating in his classes. Merton sometimes answered a question so that the question was included but more often I felt that I missed a lot by not hearing the full exchange. I imagine listening with headphones would make my comment moot but listening in a vehicle or on a Bose Wave was less than satisfactory.

Aside from the technical complaint I laughed and learned and was inspired by TM and am happy to own this CD set.
Review by Ray (Posted on 5/7/2014)
As always, Merton doesn't disappoint!
Merton is at his best here, as he delves into his "mainstay" of contemplation, monasticism, and silence. Hearing his voice is a revelation in itself! Highly recommended. Review by Richard Bell (Posted on 5/2/2014)
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