Thomas Merton Reflection Group
“New Seeds of Contemplation”
Wednesdays, May 1- June 5, 2019
7:00-8:30pm in the Parish Center
Format: Participants will need to procure a copy of Thomas Merton’s book, “New Seeds of Contemplation”, in their preferred format (paper, ebook, etc.). (The book can be procured from different sources and in different formats by googling the title.) Sections of the book will be assigned for reading and reflecting during the previous week’s gathering. During the group reflections, we will follow reflect on the week’s reading. Each session will begin with a short period of mediation/contemplation following the tradition of John Main and the World Community of Christian Meditation.
Goal: Through meditation and reflection, we will journey together to reconnect with our true selves.
Thomas Merton OCSO (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist, and scholar of comparative religion. On May 26, 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis.
Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. In an address to the U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015, Pope Francis hailed Thomas Merton as an American whose life exemplifies the aspirations and qualities that are needed in a great nation.
Why “New Seeds of Contemplation”?
Here you’ll encounter Merton’s thoughts on the life of prayer, and specifically his pivotal insights into what it could mean to recognize one’s true self in relation to God.
Contact Vinny Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org