Thomas Merton on the Twelve Degrees of Humility

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Thomas Merton on the Twelve Degrees of Humility

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In 1962 at Gethsemani Abbey, Thomas Merton taught an extraordinary course on the heart of Benedictine spirituality. Now, for the first time ever, this course is available to you.

Through 16 digitally remastered recordings, you will enter Merton’s classroom and hear his voice reaching out across the decades, making monastic wisdom accessible to all of us. A master teacher, Merton’s delivery is enjoyable and inspiring through and through.

The Rule of St. Benedict is foundational in the history of Western spirituality, especially in its guidelines on the virtue of humility. This work of spiritual genius has guided the monastic movement since the sixth century and has touched countless Christians. Now, Thomas Merton brings new energy to this ancient document.

These talks focus on chapter seven of the Rule and the 12 degrees of humility. Chapter seven is the heart of the Rule. Through these special talks, you will join a great mystic who himself struggled to live with humility. As you listen along, you almost get the sense that Merton is working through his own issues as he describes the virtue of humility to the novices in the audience.

As you listen to these talks, you will gain new insights into the Rule and experience another facet of Merton’s brilliance.

This set includes an afterword by Fr. Anthony Ciorra.

Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles


  • The Holy Rule (7/11/62)
  • Humility in the Monastic Life (7/20/62)
  • The Conversion of Manners
  • Benedictine Spirituality (7/25/62)
  • The Development of Conscience (8/28/62)
  • Humility in Modern Times (9/7/62)
  • The Augustinian Degrees of Humility (9/–/62)
  • Heroic Humility
  • Humility and St. Thérèse of Lisieux (10/2/62)
  • Confession and Cistercian Mysticism
  • The Vow of Poverty and St. Francis (10/–/62)
  • Interpreting and Living the Holy Rule (11/7/62)
  • Disrespect of Others, Real or Imagined (11/–/62)
  • Humbling Ourselves in Christ’s Grace (11/–/62)
  • The Four Exterior Degrees of Humility
  • Humility and Interior Peace (12/19/62)
  • Afterward by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.
About Your Presenter

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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Summer 2018 Survey
These lectures on humility have served as guidance for my own behavior Review by Susan Norris, Biddeford, ME USA (Posted on 7/5/2018)
2018 Spring Survey
Thomas Merton's lectures on the 12 Degrees of Humility is an outstanding example of the author's sensitively attuned interpretation of a classic spiritual text. His facility with the depth and breadth of the development of historical knowledge in which this text emerges sheds light on the complex nature of his keen mind in being able to accentuate the most salient points - not only for the novices at Gethsemane but for the world today. His spontaneous insights on spiritual development, especially with regard to the issues discussed in 7th degree of humility are revelatory in illuminating multiple factors that sadly contribute to the inevitable psychological and emotional instability that is rampant throughout the contemporary world today. What remains however, is one's free choice to reconsider the only non-contingent source of God's love and mercy - Christ remains the answer for me. Review by Helene Lambruschi, Crystal Lake, Illinois, United States (Posted on 4/10/2018)
Now You Know Media made the right decision to leave these recordings in tact so that we can experience the real atmosphere and humor of Thomas Merton. Priceless.
Thomas Merton was most influential in my Father's conversion to Catholicism 50 years ago when I was 7 years old. He always carried one of Merton's books around. My Father's conversion resulted in many other conversions simply by my Father's example. I was too young to understand what it was about Merton that had such a profound affect on him. When I recently searched for these books on line, I discovered Now You Know Media. What a discovery. What a treasure. I can now walk into the classroom with the novices, have a seat, and be an observer of a Master Speaker & Teacher. Now You Know Media made the right decision to leave these recordings in tact so that we can experience the real atmosphere and humor of Thomas Merton. Priceless. The MP3 downloads are perfect when traveling in the car.
Review by Michael (Posted on 11/23/2015)
It is WONDERFUL to hear the voice of Merton as he teaches the degrees of humility of St. Benedict.
It is WONDERFUL to hear the voice of Merton as he teaches the degrees of humility of St. Benedict.
Review by Mark (Posted on 11/23/2015)
Rich in content!
These lectures are rich in content and give much to consider. The classroom format shows Merton at his most generous. Review by Edward (Posted on 9/4/2015)
What a wonderful way to discover the realness of Thomas Merton! Review by Anthony Hash, Virginia Beach, VA (Posted on 4/14/2015)
I especially like being able to hear the recordings of Merton as he is teaching. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Ideas that Will Resonate with Anyone
I have read Merton throughout my life and now to actually hear him speak has made him more human and real. These recordings of him have really stuck with me!
Review by Father Tony H (Posted on 7/3/2014)
The Prologue to the Rule begins with the word "Listen"... and to have Merton as the voice of the Novice Master along the Ladder of Humility is a great blessing.
My first experience of the audio format was with Michael Casey on the Prologue to the Rule. He posted it on his abbey's website. And made it available for downloading too. Coming on the heels of that experience Now You Know's vast selection is quite welcome. Reading taxes my trifocals! Where as listening allows me to pause, to repeat, to deepen, to rest... in the Word. Review by Karen (Posted on 10/5/2012)
A Graduate Course on Christian Spirituality!
We are privileged to be "flies on the wall" of his classroom as Merton leads the novices into the deeper insights of the Benedictine tradition. Highly recommended. Review by Richard (Posted on 7/5/2012)
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