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.
In the latter years of his life, Merton also became an advocate for interfaith conversation, particularly between Catholic and Buddhist monks. This volume is a great introduction to why he became passionate about dialogue with Eastern religions.