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  • Thomas Merton on Contemplation | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on Contemplation

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
    • Narrated By Fr. Anthony Ciorra, PhD, Thomas Merton
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    You are invited to sit at the feet of a contemplative master. After a radical conversion experience, Thomas Merton became a Trappist monk in the Abbey of Gethsemani. At the heart of Merton's transformative conversion was contemplation. Now, this series invites you into that profound contemplative experience in six remastered conferences delivered by Merton. As you listen to Merton in his own voice, you will encounter his most profound teachings on prayer and contemplation.

    Rich S. says: "The Joy of Listening to Merton Again"
  • Thomas Merton on Prayer | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on Prayer

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
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    Renew your prayer life with Thomas Merton. Thomas Merton was one of the great spiritual masters: a Trappist monk, profound mystic, and brilliant writer. He inspired men and women from all walks of life with his dedication to prayer and contemplation. In 1967, near the end of his life, Merton gave a powerful set of lectures on prayer to the Sisters of Loretto. He channeled a lifetime full of wisdom, piety, and prayerfulness into these erudite yet down-to-earth talks.

  • Thomas Merton on the 12 Degrees of Humility | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on the 12 Degrees of Humility

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    • By Thomas Merton
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    You are invited into the classroom in which Thomas Merton delivered some of his most impassioned lectures on a timeless topic. In 1962 at Gethsemani Abbey, Thomas Merton taught an extraordinary course on the heart of Benedictine spirituality. Now, for the first time ever, this course is available to you.

  • Thomas Merton on St. Thomas Aquinas and

    Thomas Merton on St. Thomas Aquinas and "The Ways of God"

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    Explore the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas with Thomas Merton as your guide. While he was a student at Columbia University, Thomas Merton stumbled upon The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy by renowned neo-Thomistic philosopher Étienne Gilson. An essential work on St. Thomas and other Christian philosophers, it led him down a path of spiritual seeking that would culminate with his conversion to the Catholic Church and entrance into a Trappist monastery.

  • Ways of Prayer: A Desert Father's Wisdom | Thomas Merton

    Ways of Prayer: A Desert Father's Wisdom

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
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    Join Thomas Merton in exploring one of the most influential figures in the history of spirituality. Born in the fourth century, Saint John Cassian (AD 360-435) lived when tensions between the traditional and innovative peaked. A monk and theologian, Cassian made the Christian tradition relevant for the needs of his day in his spiritual works. Indeed, his spirituality remains essential today; he influenced Saints Benedict and Ignatius of Loyola, and his works continue to be read worldwide.

  • Thomas Merton on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

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    As Christians, we are all called to be pilgrims, navigating the way to God. For many this pilgrimage is figurative, a spiritual journey that deepens our awareness. Some, however, choose to undertake physical journeys to the lands most sacred to our tradition. Now, you can join Thomas Merton in learning about one such fascinating journey and the spiritual significance pilgrimage has for all of us.

  • Thomas Merton on the Contemplative Way | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on the Contemplative Way

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
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    Follow the contemplative path with Thomas Merton as your guide. In 1942, Thomas Merton relinquished a promising academic career to join the Abbey of Gethsemani. Instead of running away from the world, however, he actually developed his most profound wisdom about it.

  • Solitude and Togetherness | Thomas Merton

    Solitude and Togetherness

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
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    You are invited to take a spiritual journey with Thomas Merton. Originally presented to a group of nuns on a four-day retreat, these moving talks will touch your heart while revealing new pathways for your spiritual growth.

  • "God Speaks to Each of Us": The Poetry and Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

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    • By Thomas Merton
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    Join Thomas Merton in exploring the timeless words of one of the world's greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke. Before entering the monastery, Thomas Merton studied English at Columbia University and taught literature at St. Bonaventure University. His passion for literature never faded, and now you have the rare opportunity to take Thomas Merton as your guide in this set of outstanding remastered lectures on the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke.

  • Thomas Merton on Poetry | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on Poetry

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
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    Take Thomas Merton as your personal poetry professor. You know Thomas Merton as one of the most beloved voices of the 20th century: a profound mystic, a gifted writer, and an exceptional teacher. He was also a celebrated poet and lifelong lover of literature, and these lectures showcase his extraordinary insights into poetry. Whatever your level of familiarity with poetry, hearing Merton in his own voice will invigorate your imagination.

  • Finding True Meaning and Beauty | Thomas Merton

    Finding True Meaning and Beauty

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    • By Thomas Merton
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    Join Thomas Merton in spellbinding lectures on two essential philosophical topics. In this audio program, you will learn about the meaning of life and the essence of beauty with Thomas Merton, one of the 20th century's great thinkers. Delivered with unrivaled brilliance and insight, these remastered recordings of Merton himself will transport you into the abbey where he taught and imparted his spiritual wisdom.

  • The Search for Wholeness | Thomas Merton

    The Search for Wholeness

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    • By Thomas Merton
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    Literature and philosophy reveal deep truths about humanity. Now, you can join Thomas Merton in exploring life's great questions. In this audio program, Merton will challenge you with questions about man's individual destiny, the human condition, prayer, and the nature of time. Originally delivered in 1965, these timeless lectures have been remastered and released as a set for your enjoyment.

  • Thomas Merton on Desert Spirituality | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on Desert Spirituality

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    Travel into the desert with Thomas Merton as your guide. In the third century, men and women journeyed into the deserts of Syria and Egypt. Turning away from the world, they sought to find salvation in solitude. By doing so, they developed new forms of monasticism and spirituality. Now known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, their wisdom remains as inspirational today as ever.

  • Thomas Merton on Sufism | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on Sufism

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 58 mins)
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    In the 20th century, Thomas Merton, one of Christianity's great mystics, encountered the ancient Eastern mystical tradition known as Sufism. The result was an outpouring of mystical insight and spiritual wisdom.

  • Thomas Merton on Monastic Spirituality | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on Monastic Spirituality

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    What can your spiritual ancestors teach you about holy living today? Although they led ascetic lives centuries ago, St. Benedict, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and other early Christian saints have much to teach everyone in the 21st century. Through their enduring writings, they created blueprints of the spiritual life that remain as powerful in our time as ever.

  • "All the Living and the Dead": The Literature of James Joyce

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    • By Thomas Merton
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    Join Thomas Merton in exploring the literature and spiritual background of the greatest novelist of the 20th century: James Joyce. Joyce wrote some of the most acclaimed masterpieces of modern literature: Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, and Finnegans Wake. Educated by Jesuits and deeply influenced by Thomas Aquinas, Joyce wove Catholicism into his works. Now, you have the rare opportunity to join Thomas Merton, one of the greatest modern spiritual writers, in four amazing lectures on Joyce's literature.

  • The Prophet's Freedom (1968) | Thomas Merton

    The Prophet's Freedom (1968)

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thomas Merton
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    These are some of the most fascinating Thomas Merton lectures ever recorded. Recorded in the last year of his life, these talks capture Merton as he ponders profound questions in an accessible, down-to-earth way. You will glean insight from Merton on a wide range of subjects, all held together by his conviction in our call to live in freeing obedience to the Holy Spirit.

  • Vatican II: The Sacred Liturgy and the Religious Life | Thomas Merton

    Vatican II: The Sacred Liturgy and the Religious Life

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    Join Thomas Merton in this remarkable course on the Second Vatican Council. On October 11, 1962, the Second Vatican Council opened, and it had a tremendous influence on the church. Fifty years later the decrees and documents of the council continue to be a lively subject of discussion. Now you have the opportunity to discover the council and its documents with beloved mystic and author Thomas Merton.

    Thomas says: "Seems to be miss labeled - didn’t hear Thomas Merton"
  • Thomas Merton on William Faulkner and Classical Literature | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton on William Faulkner and Classical Literature

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    • By Thomas Merton
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    William Faulkner was undoubtedly one of the greatest American writers. Now you can take Thomas Merton as your personal guide in discovering the literary and spiritual genius of Faulkner's works. Awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962) was a multitalented writer who wrote such beloved classics as The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. In this series you will join renowned mystic and writer Thomas Merton on an extraordinary course on Faulkner and classicism in literature.

  • Thomas Merton: An Introduction to the Cistercian Order | Thomas Merton

    Thomas Merton: An Introduction to the Cistercian Order

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    Join monk and mystic Thomas Merton on a journey through monastic and contemplative history. In these talks delivered by Thomas Merton, you will gain a rich introduction to the monastic period of church history, encountering such figures as St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Benedict, John Cassian, Basil, and Charlemagne. As you will come to discover, the history of monasticism is deeply intertwined with the greater history of Europe and the Christian contemplative tradition.

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