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Thomas Merton’s Great Sermons

Introductory Lecture + 4 Talks on 2 CDs


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Did you know that Thomas Merton was a great homilist? Now you may hear him deliver four of his great sermons.

With an extensive introduction by Merton expert Fr. Anthony Ciorra, these sermons will stir your heart.

Homilies give listeners a peak into the heart and spiritual journey of the preacher. In the four homilies in this series, you get a rare glimpse of a side of Merton that is special and sacred. His choice of topics gives you insight into his theological, biblical, and spiritual worlds. As you listen to these homilies, you will hear beautiful thoughts on the Trinity and Merton’s image of God. The place of Mary in both Cistercian spirituality and his own personal life is compellingly expressed in his homily on the Immaculate Conception. The centrality of the Paschal Mystery is captured in Merton’s reflections on the cross and resurrection.

These homilies are snapshots of Merton’s inner spirit and rare gems that capture the heart of his spirituality.

Thomas Merton was a spiritual genius who defies categorization. These homilies provide insight into what was most important and precious to him. As you listen, imagine yourself sitting in the choir pews in the Abbey Church of Gethsemani, soaking in the thought, preaching style, and depth of this great man.

After you listen, spend some time in silence and allow yourself to be transformed by the preacher and his message that will lead you to Christ.

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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.

Topic Titles

  • Introduction by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D.
  • Sermon on Trinity Sunday (5/21/1967)
  • Sermon on The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (12/8/1962)
  • Sermon on Prose and Poetry on the Passion of Christ (4/8/1965)
  • Sermon on Easter Day (9/14/1967)

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Great to hear Merton "in the flesh!" Review by richard
It was a tremendous blessing for me to hear Merton himself as he gave these four Sermons. They are deep, insightful, and enriching. Highly recommended. (Posted on 7/5/12)

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