Acting as narrator and retreat codirector, author Anthony T. Padovano shares selected aspects of Merton’s life story, inviting us to get in touch with our own stories, our own spiritual journeys. The retreat is an invitation to meet God in the ordinary events of the day. Padovano traces Merton’s biography but deals with it in terms of the values and vision it engendered for himself and others.
"Needed today more than ever"
Anthony Padovano brings his considerable cultural, philosophical, and religious insights to examining five major issues affecting spirituality today: Authenticity, community, commitment, behavior, and hope. He draws upon the cultural heritage of the West reminding the listener of the wisdom to be found in the philosophers and poets of the ancient world and how timeless their insights are. He helps the listener to integrate these insights into Christian spirituality and the life and dynamism of the faith community.
The great question of our time is does God exist? And how can God be considered merciful when the process of evolution, violence, death, and decay is so terrible? Preachers and teachers who do not take these challenges seriously are out of touch with what is going on in the world today. Dr. Padovano presents the listener with an appreciation of the insights of Thomas Aquinas and their power to make a rational defense of God's existence.