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Trappist Father Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century, is pictured in an undated photo.
FaithFaith and Reason
Gregory Hillis
Faced with anxieties we have not experienced since the Cold War, perhaps it is time to return to Thomas Merton’s writings on nuclear weapons and the Christian responsibility to advocate for peace in a nuclear age.
Arts & CultureBooks
Benjamin Ivry
Patrick Collins gives a close read of Thomas Merton’s correspondence in “A Focus on Truth: Thomas Merton's Uncensored Mind.”
Black-and-white photo of a boy with a tear running down his cheek.
FaithThe Good Word
Terrance Klein
The people of Nazareth thought that they were putting a local upstart in his place. The sad irony is that they were rejecting God.
FaithShort Take
Gregory Hillis
Thich Nhat Hanh, who died on Jan. 21, had a profound influence on Thomas Merton, who said, “I have far more in common with Nhat Hanh than I have with many Americans, and I do not hesitate to say it.”
FaithBooks
Jon M. Sweeney
The essential Merton is all of these books taken together. Read them all, and in this order, if you can.
Arts & CultureBooks
James T. Keane
The death of cultural icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Monday reminds us of the many artists and writers he influenced and was influenced by—including Thomas Merton.