Spiritual Direction & Meditation
- Publisher Merton, whose own tortuous path to spiritual maturity is well known, here offers the knowledge gained during that experience.
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About "Spiritual Direction & Meditation"
This booklet contains revised and expanded versions of the material on spiritual direction and meditation which appeared, in installments, in the magazine 'Sponsa Regis'.
Merton, whose own tortuous path to spiritual maturity is well known, here offers the knowledge gained during that experience.
Meet the Author
Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where he remained until a short time before his death.
His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948); there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2:00 a.m. As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by. Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression. Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968.
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In this small but significant book, Thomas Merton deals with two important spiritual disciplines: spiritual direction and meditation. On the subject of spiritual direction, Merton very helpfully explains the meaning and purpose of spiritual direction, answers the question "Is Direction Necessary?", shows how to benefit by direction, and discusses some issues faced in spiritual direction. On meditation, Merton explains what is meditation, looks at meditation in Scripture, and then shows how one practices meditation. For the Christian who is serious about making progress in his spiritual or interior life, this book by Merton is a must-read. Merton will prove to be a masterful spiritual guide in one's spiritual formation journey. Priests, pastors and spiritual directors who are involved in soul-care will profit greatly from this classic. Highly recommended!