Remembering Thomas Merton

Remembering Thomas Merton
Jim Nagle of Cleveland, Ohio, performs a one-act, one-person play about the life of Thomas Merton at Christ Our Light Parish, Cherry Hill, on June 25. Merton (1915-68) was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. He was the author of more than 70 books that include poetry, personal journals, collections of letters, social criticism, and writings on peace, justice and ecumenism. His autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain,” was a bestseller and made him one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. When Pope Francis spoke to a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, 2015, Thomas Merton was one of the four iconic U.S. citizens he referenced as relevant models of virtue for Americans today, the others being Abraham Lincoln, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dorothy Day. Following the play at Christ Our Light, there was a dialogue session with Jonathan Monaldo, a retreat director and editor of “We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope.” Photo by Alan M. Dumoff

Jim Nagle of Cleveland, Ohio, performs a one-act, one-person play about the life of Thomas Merton at Christ Our Light Parish, Cherry Hill, on June 25. Merton (1915-68) was a writer and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. He was the author of more than 70 books that include poetry, personal journals, collections of letters, social criticism, and writings on peace, justice and ecumenism. His autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain,” was a bestseller and made him one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. When Pope Francis spoke to a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, 2015, Thomas Merton was one of the four iconic U.S. citizens he referenced as relevant models of virtue for Americans today, the others being Abraham Lincoln, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dorothy Day. Following the play at Christ Our Light, there was a dialogue session with Jonathan Monaldo, a retreat director and editor of “We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope.”
Photo by Alan M. Dumoff

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