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Dancing in the Water of Life (Merton, Thomas Journal of by Thomas Merton

By Thomas Merton

The sixties have been a time of restlessness, internal turmoil, and enthusiasm for Merton within which he heavily the careening improvement of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic employee circulation, the Vietnam warfare, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. quantity five chronicles the method of Merton’s 50th birthday and marks his circulation to Mount Olivet, his hermitage on the Abbey of Gethsemani, the place he used to be ultimately capable of totally include the fun and demanding situations of solitary lifestyles: ‘In the hermitage, one needs to pray of visit seed. The pretense of prayer won't suffice. simply sitting won't suffice . . . Solitude places you along with your again to the wall (or your face to it!), and this can be sturdy’ (13 October, 1964).

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What an awful and ironic commentary on our claims to be the chief apostle of democracy and freedom in the world! In the hospital there were quite a few Negro nurses and tray-girls and I am happy to see them. They are lovely people. In Louisville we are better off. It is the best city in the south, for integration. September 20, 1963 Still in hospital. Slow improvement. Effects of the disk still very noticeable in the left arm. I have been able to do a lot of reading. Some on Barth’s view of St.

Not only that, for their angelic gentleness which, after all, was traced to their celibacy. Perhaps what underlay it all was the pioneers’ panic at the thought of a kind of loss of virility involved in a man’s living chastely with women and in a state of exaltation at that! ” Barth [from Dogmatics in Outline, 1949]. We need the shock of this sentence–which is of course immediately qualified by Barth himself. And the qualification is implicit, for Jesus bears that wrath and lives. But the wrath is on us!

Mohammed is the human form directed towards the divine Essence,” Comprendre l’Islam, p. 127. “It is Mohammed who ‘actually’ and ‘definitively’ incarnates Revelation,” p. ] October 9, 1963 Barth’s concept of evil–that to which God has denied existence, and which we affirm by our choice. The world is grace, resting entirely in the word of grace which is creation. The world as the theater of God’s glory (Calvin–from Augustine). Man as the witness of God’s acts. ) I have typed about eight pages double spaced today and that is more than I have done since before going to the hospital–of course my arm is tired and sore, but it is evidently better.

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