The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton (Culture of the by Monica Weis

By Monica Weis

Nature used to be continually important in Thomas Merton's lifestyles, from the lengthy hours he spent as a toddler gazing his father paint landscapes within the clean air, to his ultimate years of solitude within the hermitage at Our woman of Gethsemani, the place he meditated and wrote concerning the fantastic thing about his atmosphere. all through his lifestyles, Merton's examine of the flora and fauna formed his spirituality in profound methods, and he was once one of many first writers to elevate main issue approximately ecological matters that experience develop into serious in contemporary years.

In The Environmental imaginative and prescient of Thomas Merton, writer Monica Weis means that Merton's curiosity in nature, which constructed considerably in the course of his years on the Abbey of Gethsemani, laid the root for his transforming into environmental cognizance. Tracing Merton's wisdom of the wildlife from his early life to the ultimate years of his lifestyles, Weis explores his deepening feel of position and wish for solitude, his love and accountability for all residing issues, and his evolving ecological awareness.

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The art he had been enjoying for its color and light, combined with Merton’s “contemplative gazing” and receptivity to this hauntingly familiar landscape, 38 Learning to See may have burst into new spiritual awareness—recognition of where his heart really needed to reside. 23 Surely Merton’s extended time by himself, as a child and now as a young man, orphaned and searching for focus, provided him with ample time for silence, awareness of his inner loneliness, and an affinity for the comfort of place.

During Christmas 1926 and summer 1927, while Owen Merton was painting in the Auvergne district and later in Paris, Tom stayed with the Privat family in Murat, a rustic village in central France, another landscape of “rich pastures” and mountains “heavy with fir trees” that nurtured Merton’s imagination and his habit of awareness (SSM 55–63). Although in his autobiography Merton expresses gratitude for the moral example offered by Monsieur and Madame Privat and treasures their simple and unconditional acceptance as a special grace, Merton also experiences the freedom to run wild in the woods and the mountains.

Anyway, I have no scruples about loving it. (ES 215–16) No scruples about loving it. Landscape important for contemplation. These two comments indicate that change—more precisely, a deepening awareness—is taking root in Merton. Some of his early contradictory viewpoints are dissolving; the monastic ideal of unifying all aspects of one’s life is beginning to take hold in his evolving spiritual consciousness. Moreover, what we notice about Merton’s comment here and in other journal entries is that he is not only looking at the tranquility of nature, but also beginning to recognize, respond to, and articulate the silence of the place.

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