By Thomas Merton
The sixties have been a time of restlessness, internal turmoil, and enthusiasm for Merton in which he heavily the careening improvement of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic employee circulate, the Vietnam conflict, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. quantity five chronicles the method of Merton’s 50th birthday and marks his movement to Mount Olivet, his hermitage on the Abbey of Gethsemani, the place he used to be eventually in a position to totally include the thrill 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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Pilate is a dog. ” but the meanness is not toward Pilate but toward politics–the dog in the room is politics in the Church! Sometimes the Christian in the Church is like a bird in a cage, beating against the bars (trying to make the whole Gospel reduce itself to our own rite or our own preachments). ” (p. 147). But this invitation is to be patiently endured. We wait for the Kingdom “recognizing each other in longing and humility in the light of the divine humor” (148). 7 Merton translated The Solitary Life: A Letter of Guigo, published by Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1963.
It was impressive, orderly and successful. ) The best thing about it seems to be the consolidation of the best Negro leadership. ) The night before the march, W. E. B. Du Bois died in Ghana. He had recently become a Communist, which is sad. He felt that capitalism had no way of exorcising its inner contradictions–and there may be some truth in that. [Robert Charles] Zaehner’s new book, Matter and Spirit, is an attempted synthesis of Marxist Christianity with the help of Teilhard de Chardin. So far I am not sure I am impressed.
Did I already say this? Moved by a picture of a party, in 1930’s or early 40’s–Cocteau, Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, champagne, smiles, 1939 hairdos–a kind of gaiety that doesn’t seem to exist any more. Another picture: National Guardsmen in Birmingham, marching: fat thugs, inexpressibly stupid and brutal faces. Even Nazis look more intelligent. Here these strong grown-up nitwits taking their bellies and muscles seriously as they have been taught by TV What a piece of work is man! November 20, 1963 All our students in Rome, except Father Chrysogonus [Waddell], have written letters about the death of the Abbot General, how he was taken with great pain in the cloister of Monte Cistello after supper, went to hospital and died a few moments after getting there.