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Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

Thomas Merton Semicentennial Anniversary

On Monday, it is 50 years since Thomas Merton’s death. There will be many events internationally. In Christchurch, people will meet at 6pm, starting at the Waimairi Cemetery, 195 Grahams Road, Burnside, where members of the Merton Family are buried [Read more here and here]. There’s plenty on this website about Thomas Merton. I have… Continue Reading

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Thomas Merton – Day of a Stranger – Film

Thomas Merton – Day of a Stranger – Film

Day of a Stranger // Teaser from transcendental media on Vimeo. Yesterday, an e-friend let me know that there’s a film being developed on Thomas Merton’s hermit years – based around his tape recordings. That made my day! I wasn’t even aware of these hermitage tapes. The video above is a teaser for what it… Continue Reading

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Christian Contemplative Practice

Christian Contemplative Practice

At a recent conference I participated in, there was an introduction to Centering Prayer and to the increasingly-popular practice of mindfulness. I have a passion for the contemplative tradition within Christianity and a concern when it seems to me that the ball of that tradition – which today should be accessible to all – is… Continue Reading

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The Abbot’s Shoes Seeking a Contemplative Life

The Abbot’s Shoes: Seeking a Contemplative Life by Peter Robertson (Kindle $2). This is Peter Robertson’s story, set in New Zealand. He joined the Cistercians in New Zealand at Kopua Monastery, in the early ’70s was when I first started going to the monastery (I am now a Cistercian Associate of Kopua). Vividly descriptive, it… Continue Reading

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Dialogue with Mindfulness

Dialogue with Mindfulness

It makes great sense to me that monasticism spearheads inter-faith dialogue. Comparing different religions, different faiths, different approaches and understandings of living, can too easily degenerate merely to observable practices (I cross myself left to right, you cross yourself right to left…) Such real dialogue, I suggest, is better at the level of spirituality. And… Continue Reading

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Centenary of the Birth of Thomas Merton

Centenary of the Birth of Thomas Merton

On Saturday the Christchurch Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society, it being 100 years since the birth of Thomas Merton, organised a day of Prayer and Pilgrimage. After gathering for a cuppa, welcome, and morning prayer, we set off for the Carmelite Monastery of Christ the King for quiet time and Midday Prayer with… Continue Reading

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Thomas Merton 100 Years

Thomas Merton 100 Years

This Saturday, 31 January [feast day of that other well-known saint 🙂 ], it is 100 years since the birth of Thomas Merton. He is one of the most-influential spiritual writers of recent times. He was born in Prades, France, of a Kiwi father and American mother. His dad went to the school where I… Continue Reading

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