Next Meeting: May 10, 2023 @ 6pm

Good Afternoon Friends,

The next meeting of the Grand Rapids chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society will be Wednesday, May 10th, at 6pm. 

It is also the seventh year of our existence! So, Happy 7th Birthday to Us!

Where We’ll Meet

The Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Library, which is located on Breton between 44th Street and 52nd Street in Kentwood, in the large conference room on the second floor.

Here is the address:

4950 Breton SE
Kentwood, MI. 49508

Library phone: 616.784.2007

The conference room seats 12 comfortably. If more show up, we’ll try to bring in another chair or two. But this is its capacity. You may wish to RSVP before driving over

IMPORTANT NOTE: As we did in March and April, we will start the meeting at 6pm, not 7pm as we used to. Please note that time difference! The library closes at 8pm, so we need to start at 6pm and get ready to pack up around 7:45 from now on. 

What We’ll Discuss

We’ll continue our fascinating discussion of New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton’s classic work on the subject, which you can purchase from Amazon:

NOTE: If you don’t currently have a copy, please obtain one before our meeting. It helps everyone when you’ve read the material before hand are ready when our meeting begins. (If you need a copy of the book, and you can’t afford one, please let me know ASAP and I’ll buy a copy for you and either have it sent to you or I’ll meet up with you to drop it off.)

Here are the chapters I’d like you to read in New Seeds of Contemplation ahead of our May 10th meeting: 

7. Union and Division

8. Solitude Not Separation 

9. We Are One Man

10. A Body of Broken Bones

That’s reading from page 47 through page 79. Totally do-able. 

If need be, we can drop back a chapter or so to revisit what we didn’t discuss last month. Our goal is to have a great time discussing these chapters, not merely plow through them. 

As always, we will also offer bottled water, a few snacks, and plenty of time for prayer and catching up with each other. 

We hope to see you Wednesday, May 10th, starting at 6pm!

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