Fifty years after his untimely death, Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915-1968) remains one of the world’s most widely read, talked about, and beloved authors, poets, contemplatives, and spiritual teachers.
But how did he get to be Thomas Merton, the world-famous monk? What were his thoughts, his struggles, his hopes, and his insights as he acclimated to a life of silence and prayer at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani?
In our July 10th meeting, we will discuss the next two chapters (“To the Altar of God” and “The Whale and the Ivy”) – pages 181 to 302 – in his book The Sign of Jonas and we will find out. The Sign of Jonas may be purchased at Baker Book House, which is located at the corner of East Paris and 28th Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We start at 7pm.
The Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society formed in May of 2016 to discuss the life and works of the monk known as Fr. Louis.
Come join us and discover why Thomas Merton is more popular today than ever before with seekers from all walks of life and faith traditions.
Our meetings are the second Wednesday of every month, open to the public, and free of charge.