Sr. Therese Elias joined us on Sunday to discuss how Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, influenced the larger activist community from within the walls of the monastery. Merton saw solitude as a crucial component to the life of an activist/advocate. If you weren’t able to join us for the gathering, check out the podcast here.

Below is a prayer by Merton, as well as some books to read if you’d like to venture deeper into his work.


“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”


The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton

The Sign of Jonas, by Thomas Merton

New Seeds of Contemplation, by Thomas Merton

Contemplative Critic: Thomas Merton, by Henri Nouwen

The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton

Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, by James Finley

Peace in the Post-Christian Era, by Thomas Merton



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