Sunday is the birthday of Thomas Merton, born 31 January 1915.
Merton was a monk who not only wrote elegantly about contemplative life, but also was a gifted poet and social critic. Here is an introductory guide to some of his best books. I’ve included an excerpt, where possible with each of the books.
A lesser-known book of Merton’s, which is understandable, as the book covers the history of the Cistercian order of monastics. But, in this book Merton puts a literary spin on this history, and it is a fascinating and elegant read.