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    Travel into the sands of the desert with Thomas Merton as your guide. Merton gave these lectures in 1964 to the novice monks he taught. As you listen to Merton, you will join his students in the classroom. In the third century, men and women journeyed into the deserts of Syria and Egypt in search of salvation in solitude. By doing so, they developed new forms of monasticism and spirituality. Now known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, their wisdom remains as inspirational today as ever. In this set of lectures released to the public for the first time ever, you will learn about these spiritual ancestors with Thomas Merton as your personal teacher. Under Merton’s guidance, you’ll...read more

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    New York Times bestselling author and monk Thomas Merton explores the literature and spirituality of 20th century's greatest novelist: James Joyce. Born in 1882 to a Catholic family in Dublin, James Joyce wrote some of the most acclaimed masterpieces of modern literature: Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, and Finnegans Wake. Educated by Jesuits and deeply influenced by Thomas Aquinas, Joyce wove Catholicism into his works. Delivered in 1968, these four lectures on Joyce's writing are now available to the public for the first time ever. This one-of-a-kind set includes an introduction by Dr. Michael Higgins, a renowned Merton biographer and scholar of literature...read more

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    You are invited to hear some of Thomas Merton’s most impassioned lectures. In 1962 at Gethsemani Abbey, Thomas Merton taught an extraordinary course on the heart of Benedictine spirituality. Through 16 digitally remastered recordings, you will encounter Merton as a master teacher, his voice reaching out across the decades to make monastic wisdom accessible to all of us. The Rule of St. Benedict is foundational in the history of Western spirituality, especially in its commentary on humility. This work of spiritual genius has guided the monastic movement since the sixth century and touched countless Christians. Merton brings new energy to this ancient document, and you will gain new...read more

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    In the 1960s, Thomas Merton, one of the twentieth century’s great mystics, encountered the ancient Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. The result was an outpouring of mystical insight and spiritual wisdom. In these talks recorded by Merton during the last two years of his life, you will discover what first inspired Merton. The Sufi mystics have given us: one of the world’s most read poets, Rumi; the beautiful mystical dance of whirling dervishes; interreligious insight; and new forms of contemplation. A visionary who sought to synthesize the best of Eastern and Western spiritualties, Thomas Merton’s profound interest in the Sufi mystics is more relevant today than ever. Merton...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    What can the first Christian monks teach you about holy living today? In a set of conferences he recorded in 1963, Thomas Merton turns a thoughtful eye to this question. Thomas Merton gave these conferences to the novice monks he taught. As you listen to Merton, you will join his students in the classroom. Although they led ascetic lives centuries ago, St. Benedict, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and other early Christian saints have much to teach everyone in the twenty-first century. Through their enduring writings, they created blueprints of the spiritual life that remain as powerful in our time as ever. Now, with the modern mystic and monk Thomas Merton as your teacher, you can...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    Published in 1948, The Seven Storey Mountain made Thomas Merton a household name, but Merton’s spiritual autobiography is only the tip of the iceberg of his complex thought and contemplative wisdom. The rarely heard sermons and reflective talks in this set attest to the depths of Merton’s brilliance. Recorded by Merton at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani near the end of his life, they reveal a different side of a multitalented and multifaceted monk whose prophetic vision remains as relevant today as ever. In Thomas Merton’s Great Sermons and Reflections, you’ll witness the evolution of Merton’s thought as he moved away from a narrow, cloistered mindset to an ecumenical and...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    Join Thomas Merton in exploring life's great questions. In this audio program, Merton will challenge you with questions about man's individual destiny, the human condition, prayer, and the nature of time. Originally delivered in 1965, these timeless lectures have been remastered and released as a set for your enjoyment. Delivered with wit and profound insight, these recordings will transport you into the abbey where Merton taught and imparted his spiritual wisdom. In the first part, you will look at Greek tragedy and Chinese philosophy, both or which rose to prominence in the fifth and sixth centuries BC. The wisdom in Greek tragedy and Chinese thought is linked to that of the...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    Study a premier Jewish writer of the 20th century with one of the century's most important Catholic authors. This digitally remastered recording is part of Thomas Merton's spoken word legacy, and it presents his voice at its most spiritually edifying. Originally recorded in February of 1968 at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, Thomas Merton on The Mystical Life and Martin Buber unpacks Buber's resonant Hasidic tales one at a time in a discussion-heavy class setting. Inviting his audience to compare Buber with St. Bernard, Merton sets the stage to draw compelling connections between different faith traditions. This talk was delivered to Merton's fellow monks in the last year of his...read more

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    Join Thomas Merton in this remarkable course on the Second Vatican Council. On October 11, 1962, the Second Vatican Council opened, and it had a tremendous influence on the Church. Fifty years later the decrees and documents of the council continue to be a lively subject of discussion. Now you can discover the council and its documents with beloved mystic and author Thomas Merton. In 1963 and 1965, Merton delivered erudite lectures on the impact of Vatican II and on two issues explored by the council: the liturgy and the religious life. These lectures are now available for your enjoyment as an audio program. Merton first looks at the "Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy," which is, as...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    Explore the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and his followers as you listen to the voice of Thomas Merton. While he was a student at Columbia University, Thomas Merton stumbled upon The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy by renowned neo-Thomistic philosopher Étienne Gilson. An essential work on St. Thomas and other Christian philosophers, it led him down a path of spiritual searching that would culminate with his conversion to the Catholic Church and entrance into a Trappist monastery. These five talks, originally delivered by Thomas Merton to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani, examine “On the Ways of God” (De divinis moribus), a short work attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas and...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    This set of talks recorded by Thomas Merton invites you to renew your prayer life under the guidance of a spiritual master. Thomas Merton was one of the great spiritual masters: a Trappist monk, profound mystic, and brilliant writer. He inspired men and women from all walks of life with his dedication to prayer and contemplation. In 1967, near the end of his life, Merton gave a powerful set of lectures on prayer to the Sisters of Loretto. He channeled a lifetime full of wisdom, piety, and prayerfulness into these erudite yet down-to-earth talks. Now, you have the rare opportunity to hear Merton's moving lectures, deepening your own life of prayer with one of the great modern spiritual...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    You are invited to take a spiritual journey with Thomas Merton. Originally presented to a group of nuns on a four-day retreat, these moving talks will touch your heart while revealing new pathways for your spiritual growth. As you examine the relationship between solitude and solidarity, you will explore contemplation as practiced in its diverse forms by believers worldwide. For Merton, being contemplative meant living out the essential elements of the spiritual life. Having lived out the challenges and triumphs of a contemplative life, Merton had a plethora of practical advice to offer. If the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is truly at work daily, then what does it look like? How can we...read more

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    William Faulkner was undoubtedly one of the greatest American writers. Now, you can take Thomas Merton as your personal guide in discovering the literary and spiritual genius of Faulkner's works.   Awarded both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897-1962) was a multi-talented writer who wrote such beloved classics as The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. In this series, you will join renowned mystic and writer Thomas Merton on an extraordinary course on Faulkner and classicism in literature. An English professor before becoming a monk, Merton continued to teach literature courses to the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. These lectures were originally recorded...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    Recorded by Thomas Merton in 1962, these newly remastered lectures showcase the brilliant teaching of a monk and mystic who changed the world. Originally delivered at the Abbey of Gethsemani to his fellow monks, Thomas Merton’s talks invite you on a journey through monastic and contemplative history. Under his guidance, you will encounter the great figures of the Christian monastic tradition: St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Benedict, John Cassian, Basil, and Charlemagne. As you will discover, the history of monasticism is deeply intertwined with the greater history of Europe and the Christian contemplative tradition. You can take no better guide for this journey than Thomas Merton, who...read more

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    As Christians, we are all called to be pilgrims, navigating the way to God. For many, this pilgrimage is figurative – a spiritual journey that deepens our awareness. Some, however, choose to undertake physical journeys to the lands most sacred to our tradition. Now, you can join Thomas Merton in learning about one such fascinating journey and the spiritual significance that pilgrimage has for all of us. In these three talks, originally delivered to novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1964, Merton follows Aetheria, a fourth-century pilgrim. Also known as Egeria, she embarked on an epic pilgrimage through the Holy Land, as documented in her text, Itinerarium Egeriae. Merton also...read more

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    Join Thomas Merton in exploring the timeless words of one of the world’s greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke.  Before entering the monastery, Thomas Merton studied English at Columbia University and taught literature at St. Bonaventure University. His passion for literature never faded, and now you have the rare opportunity to take Thomas Merton as your guide in this set of his outstanding, remastered talks. Delivered to the community at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1965 and 1966, Merton’s talks examine one of his favorite poets: Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926).  Aside from William Blake, perhaps no poet had as great an influence on Merton as Rilke, who was...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    These are some of the most fascinating Thomas Merton lectures ever recorded. Recorded in the last year of his life, these talks capture Merton as he ponders profound questions in an accessible, down-to-earth way. You will glean insight from Merton on a wide range of subjects, all held together by his conviction in our call to live in freeing obedience to the Holy Spirit. As Merton critiques the culture of his day, he speaks frankly about the way it creates alienated individuals who chase after superficial goals. He points to the contemplative life as a way to refute such a worldview. He guides us to seek out our deepest vocation. For him, the most mundane task done to glorify God is a...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    You are invited to sit at the feet of a contemplative master. In the words of renowned theologian Fr. Lawrence Cunningham, Thomas Merton was perhaps "the greatest spiritual writer and spiritual master of the 20th century." With a poet's sensibility, an intellectual's inquiring mind, and a prophet's courage, Merton has captured the hearts of readers and listeners around the world. After a radical conversion experience, Merton became a Trappist monk in the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he wrote the spiritual classic The Seven Storey Mountain. At the heart of Merton's transformative conversion was contemplation. Now, this series invites you into that profound contemplative...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    Join one of the twentieth century’s great spiritual masters in exploring Christian history and the contemplative life. Thomas Merton was a mystic, writer, artist, and monk of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, better known as the Trappists. In this series of conferences Merton delivered in the 1960s, he presents an insightful exploration of Cistercian history. Merton’s monastic vision shaped his profound spirituality, and he examines how the Cistercians have much to teach us today. You will journey with Merton through the most vital events of Christian contemplative history, exploring Christian monasticism’s origins in the Desert Fathers and Mothers, who...read more

  • Thomas Merton

    From the best-selling author of The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation, essential listening for all spiritual seekers.  Recorded almost 20 years after The Seven Storey Mountain was published, these talks showcase a mystic at the height of his wisdom. In these moving talks, Merton tackles such topics as renewal, prayer, and affirming God. The contemplative life is not limited to those in solitude. Indeed, you will discover how we are all called to live contemplatively. This series is one of Merton's great masterpieces. Contemplation was perhaps the issue closest to Merton's heart, and he tackles it here with profound insights. You will be enrapt as you listen to...read more