Thomas Merton’s continuing relevance for today’s youth

Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M. writes recently of the continuing relevance of Trappist monk and prolific spiritual writer, Thomas Merton, in America, a Catholic magazine. I’d recommend the entire article to you, here, but was particularly struck by this paragraph mid-way through:

There is much that can be said about the still timely insights Merton presents to us about engaging other religious traditions. Perhaps the most pertinent is the need to live honestly in the tension between maintaining one’s own faith commitments and humbly learning from the experiences of others, all the while holding onto the belief that we are indeed, somehow, “already one.”

How simple and how challenging for so many in today’s world, but how important if we’re all to get through this world together.

2 responses to “Thomas Merton’s continuing relevance for today’s youth”

  1. So true, Mary. God is called “our Father” because He is indeed the Father of us all.

    Blessings for 2015 ~ Wendy ❀

    1. “Our Father.” I love this simple and nearly-universal recognition of our oneness. Thank you, Wendy.

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