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The Hidden Ground of Love: Letters

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is the most admired of all American Catholic writers. His journals have recently been published to wide acclaim.

The collection of Merton's letters in The Hidden Ground of Love were selected and edited by William H. Shannon.
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published August 30th 1988)
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Thomas Merton is a unique figure in American letters and modern theology, and this collection of his private letters was truly a pleasure to read. Here is Trappist monk with politics as left-wing as Noam Chomsky, yet was true to a monk's ascetic lifestyle. It may come as a surprise that a Roman Catholic monk read James Baldwin, admired Camus to no end, was friends with Joan Baez and Henry Miller, and lectured on Rilke. Merton's correspondence was massive, and, despite the speed at which he produ ...more
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I was a little hesitant to start this book originally, since I'd been hoping to find something about Frank Laubach and since these are letters from Merton and not one of his books, but the editor just convinced me in one fell swoop of beauty: "Merton discovered God as the ground of his own being and in that same ground he found the rest of reality, especially his brothers and sisters, in a unity that was beyond all separateness."
I started this at the convent after a sister with Alzheimer's pointed me towards "the serious books." I love The Hidden Ground of Love as a title for a book of letters. So far just through the only extant pre-Trappist letters of Merton and already much to think about.
boring and uninspired. it got very boring to read one sided letters from this guy. I couldn't finish the book and all the while craved to hear a response letter.
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Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of int ...more
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“Surrender your own poverty and acknowledge your nothingness to the Lord. Whether you understand it or not, God loves you, is present in you, lives in you, dwells in you, calls you, saves you and offers you an understanding and compassion which are like nothing you have ever found in a book or heard in a sermon.” 42 likes
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