You are invited to sit at the feet of a contemplative master.
Hear Thomas Merton express some of his deepest thoughts on prayer, meditation, silence, contemplation, and life as a spiritual journey.
You will be transported into a classroom in the monastery where Merton gave instruction. In addition to experiencing his depth of content, you will get a chance to encounter the human Merton who related to his students with love, humor, and respect. His announcements and informal remarks made at the beginning of his conferences will show the interpersonal and sometimes even playful side of Thomas Merton.
These five carefully selected and digitally remastered recordings of Thomas Merton himself will engage your mind and touch your heart.
Throughout this series, Merton offers profound reflections on prayer and meditation, the monastic life as a journey, and religious silence. It is clear that Merton presents material that he has integrated into his own life. His use of poetic images, scripture, theology and the fathers and mothers of the Church makes these conferences a treasure that you will want to listen to again and again. You may have read Merton’s writings, but hearing his voice and manner of expression brings out another side of Merton that you haven’t experienced before.
With an extensive introduction by Merton expert Fr. Anthony Ciorra, you will treasure these conferences.
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 Assistant 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 Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth. He is the weekend associate at St. Vincent Martyr Parish in Madison, NJ. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. He is actively involved in creating programs for inter-religious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
- Introduction by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.
- Prayer and Meditation on the Meaning of Life (1/28/1964)
- Monastic Spirituality: Life is a Journey (1/16/1963)
- Cassian on Prayer (5/19/1963)
- God-Centered Prayer (9/1967)
- Religious Silence (12/14/1963)