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Thomas Merton on Contemplation

Introductory Lecture + 6 Lectures on 4 CDs

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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.

About Your Presenter

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.

About Your Presenter

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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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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Customer Reviews

Valued Review by David
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. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Helpful Review by Rev. Randy
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. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
This recording shows Thomas Merton at his most relaxed and confident Review by Netta
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. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Like being there with him! Review by Jim
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. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Excellent introduction to Thomas Merton's approach to spirituality. Review by Rick
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. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
quality not good Review by Sr. Carolyn
It is difficult some times to understand Thomas Mertons voice the quality is not clear. Otherwise I am pleased with this (Posted on 2/3/2016)
It is amazing to be able to hear Thomas Merton's own voice. Review by Timothy
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.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
It was amazing listening to the teachings of Thomas Merton. Review by Doris
It was amazing listening to the teachings of Thomas Merton. He was profound - yet had a delightful sense of humor.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
The Thomas Merton recordings are a treasure to be listened to over and over. Review by Dcn. Charlie
The Thomas Merton recordings are a treasure to be listened to over and over. Wonderful depth and teaching from a great spiritual adviser.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
It is uplifting to listen to, again and again. Review by Helga
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. (Posted on 9/4/2015)

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