We're just going to have to agree
disagree! Obviously you only know what is not Christian about
Thomas Merton, i.e., Buddhism, etc, but that was not his life.
He was merely interested! I would not discourage anyone from
reading any of Thomas Merton's books! Have you ever read
"The New Man"?
All have sinned, as the Bible says.
You did judge T. M. when you discouraged anyone from reading his
books. I'll add one more thing here and then no
T.M. was in a Catholic monastery
that's all! By faith, he was not Catholic and perhaps one of the
things the Abbott and Merton were always at odds about. Why
didn't he leave then? It provided him a nice quiet place,
undisturbed to do his writings. Just one more thing, I did get
to know him well and had he in any way or at any time stressed being a
Catholic to me, I'd have been gone.
As God is my witness, I
write all this to you!
Lets end this as good
We're about to meet in heaven! You and my Dad should talk there
since he felt as you do now.
Not quite finished...got me
I have been asked many times to talk about Thomas Merton and always
it's to say how I was saved when the Lord led me to his book in the
Library that day when I was looking for a book on a craft that I and
my Girl Scouts were going to do that day. I was their
leader (Going to keep going
In the library, there was a table
with a sign on it, "Men and Science". Intrigued, I
wanted to see what books were on it. "Thoughts In Solitude"
was one of a few. When I opened the book and saw
"God", I promptly put it back! I'd had enough religion
at home and sure didn't need any more from someone I'd never heard
Having had a wakeful night because
didn't know how to do this craft to show my girls, I could not wait to
get to the library. When I went to the Craft Section, I couldn't
remember the craft. I went through the craft books, index cards
and nothing came to me. Only one thing to do...check out several
craft books. It was bound to be in one of them! After
checking them out and carrying these 6 heavy books, I actually heard,
"you can carry these heavy books about crafts and not one small
thin one about Me". Nope, I didn't hear that!
"Thoughts In Solitude" is a thin small book, and I was NOT
I had other things to get from the
store and was helpless without them. I'd lost my memo and
couldn't remember anything. While in the store, I looked
at everything trying to jog my memory. Suddenly a cloud came
over me so that I could barely even see. It was then I prayed
saying, Lord, if this is from you and you don't lift this cloud, I'm
going to get killed. Again, the
voice, "you can carry all all these heavy books about crafts and
not one thin one about Me." God had never spoke to me like
this and I was having a hard time thinking it was God. Not
being sure since I was in this cloud, I prayed again, feeling scared
that I could barely see. I stopped and prayed aloud, "Lord
if this is really You, if I go back and check out that book, will You
lift this cloud so I can see to get home safely?
Back to the library I went and checked out "Thoughts In Solitude"
by Thomas Merton.
Immediately, the cloud lifted and I
remembered the craft, found it, put back the other 6 books leaving me
with just the 2 books, Merton's and the book on crafts. Then the
items I needed from the store came to me as though I'd never forgotten
This was the strangest experience
I'd ever had and couldn't wait to see why God wanted me to have this
little thin book. Now, you know why!
How I came to type for T.M. is just as
strange because the librarian told me he could not communicate since
he was a Trappist monk and wasn't allowed. That's
another story! Perhaps in Heaven, Thomas Merton himself can tell
you about that one.
Sorry to get so windy but thought
explanation might be needed!
Looking forward to the