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Gregory Hillis is professor of theology and religious studies at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. He is the author of Man of Dialogue: Thomas Merton's Catholic Vision, published by Liturgical Press.
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.
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.”
FaithShort Take
Gregory Hillis
Do the new restrictions on the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass increase our unity? Or do they sacrifice unity for uniformity?
Arts & CultureBooks
Gregory Hillis
There is much within Sohrab Ahmari's new book that can and should speak to all Catholics, traditionalist or otherwise. More troubling from a Catholic perspective are Ahmari’s chapters on politics and on sex.
FaithFaith in Focus
Gregory Hillis
When Brother Frederic Collins arrived at the abbey of Gethsemani, he was a product of his upbringing. A businessman with a degree in business, he was uncritical of U.S. free-market capitalism. Then he met Merton.
Arts & CultureBooks
Gregory Hillis
Most of the players Brad Balukjian met struggled with the shock of having to leave the game.
FaithFaith in Focus
Gregory Hillis
Advice for living under quarantine from Trappist monks
FaithFaith in Focus
Gregory Hillis
The coronavirus outbreak illustrates one of the most important takeaways of a good Trinitarian theology: the unity of humankind.
 A man holds a banner showing new St. John Henry Newman before the canonization Mass for five new saints celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 13, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithFaith in Focus
Gregory Hillis
Like Newman, I am a convert to Roman Catholicism, but it is the way Newman converted that is most important to me.
Arts & CultureBooks
Gregory Hillis
Many will find Sohrab Ahmari’s account of coming to faith compelling and moving, while others may find his emphasis on an authoritative church confusing or even off-putting.