Remembering the death of Merton
Forty years later.
On the 10th day of December, in 1968 Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani (Trappist, Kentucky) died in Bangkok, Thailand where he was speaking to a gathering of religious women and men.
“…I know and have seen what I was obscurely looking for. I don’t know what else remains, but I have now seen and have pierced through the surface and have got beyond the shadow and the disguise.” (written on 12/6/68 when visiting the giant Buddhas at Polonnaruwa, in Sri Lanka)
The Asian Journals of Thomas Merton
New Directions (W.W. Norton)
The local chapter of the Thomas Merton Society will be honoring the memory of Merton’s death on Wednesday the 10th at 7:00 PM at the St. Francis Chapel on Wolf Road in Colonie, NY. All are welcome. Evening prayer and a presentation on Merton will be part of the celebration of the life and death of Thomas Merton.
And while we’re on the topic of Merton, there’s a new book that tells the life of Thomas Merton through his correspondence. Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters: The Essential Collection By Merton, Thomas (compiled by William Shannon).