Fifty years after his untimely death, 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 this Trappist monk become world famous? 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 August 14th meeting, we will discuss the last two chapters (“The Sign of Jonas” and “Fire Watch, July 4, 1952”) – pages 305 to 362 – 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.
Our discussion starts 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 always the second Wednesday of every month, are open to the public, and free of charge.