Thomas Merton’s Great Sermons and Reflections

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Thomas Merton’s Great Sermons and Reflections

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4 Merton Talks + Afterword by a Merton Expert on 2 CDs
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Published in 1948, The Seven Storey Mountain made Thomas Merton a household name, but Merton’s spiritual autobiography is only the tip of the iceberg of his complex thought and contemplative wisdom.

The rarely heard sermons and reflective talks in this set attest to the depths of Merton’s brilliance. Recorded by Merton at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani near the end of his life, they reveal a different side of a multitalented and multifaceted monk whose prophetic vision remains as relevant today as ever.

In Thomas Merton’s Great Sermons and Reflections, you’ll witness the evolution of Merton’s thought as he moved away from a narrow, cloistered mindset to an ecumenical and socially engaged outlook. This curated collection spans five years of his life and comprises four talks that showcase the themes close to Merton’s heart: the authentic Christian life, contemporary society, contemplation, Marxism, and the relationship of literature to religion.

The first recording contains Merton’s sermon on the Feast of Immaculate Conception, delivered to the monastic community at Gethsemani in 1962. The second talk, “Passion and Prose on the Passion of Christ” (1965) introduces you to another lesser-known part of Merton’s legacy: the literature classes he taught to novice monks. The last two selections contain two complementary talks recorded on Trinity Sunday in 1967: a sermon that Merton preached at the abbey church, followed by his private reflections on the themes in that same sermon.

Although different in content, context, and setting, these talks are united by their connection to the liturgy—its sacraments, seasons, and traditions—and their encapsulation of Merton’s kaleidoscopic thought.

This set includes an afterword by Thomas Merton biographer Michael W. Higgins.

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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.

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Topic Titles
  • Sermon on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 1962)
  • Prose and Poetry on the Passion of Christ (April 8,1965)
  • Sermon on the Trinity (May 21, 1967)
  • Reflections on the Trinity (May 20 and May 21, 1967)
  • Afterword by Dr. Michael W. Higgins
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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.

Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D. is the leading biographer of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. He is a celebrated scholar, an award-winning author and documentarian, and the Vatican affairs specialist for the Globe and Mail and CTV Network. Currently Professor of Religious Studies and Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University, Dr. Higgins is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. Previously, he served as the president of St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, and of St. Thomas University in New Brunswick.

Dr. Higgins has edited, co-edited, authored, and co-authored thirteen books including: Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton, The Jesuit Mystique, Power and Peril: The Catholic Church at the Crossroads, Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint-Making, and Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen. He has also produced radio documentaries on Simone Weil, Thomas Merton, and G. K. Chesterton. A regular contributor to Commonweal and the Literary Review of Canada, Dr. Higgins is also a columnist for the Telegraph-Journal and the Irish Catholic. He is the recipient of many award...

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Great to hear Merton "in the flesh!"
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. Review by richard (Posted on 7/5/2012)
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