Today's mail brought my copy of Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing, edited by Robert Inchausti. From the introduction:
"Thomas Merton brought contemplation into the twentieth century, divesting it of its antique scholasticism and ancient prejudices: making it efficient far beyond the inner circle of Christian initiates. He retained the best that was thought and said within the monastic counter culture—preserving its traditions while broadening its appeal and bringing it into dialogue with the contemporary world.
Merton's writings on writing show us how we might do the same. In a postsecular age increasingly beset by fast faith and false art and rapidly dividing into "tiny colonies of the saved," I can think of few more useful or important lessons."
— Robert Inchausti
San Luis Obispo, California, 2006
I'm planning to attend a screening of Morgan Atkinson's film, "Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton" next Tuesday evening at the Ursuline Sisters Motherhouse.
With luck and a little planning, I'll also be able to make a Lenten trip to The Abbey at Gethsemani. While I'm there I'll be sure to stop at The Merton Center at Bellarmine University. I'm told my articles about Merton are part of the official archive.