Robert Ellsberg

 

Fifty years ago this month, the Trappist monk Thomas Merton completed his earthly journey. After spending half of his life in the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, he died in Bangkok after delivering a talk on monasticism. In his famous autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, he described the spiritual journey that led him to the monastery. But that was hardly the end of his journey. Constantly, he responded to a call to go further, deeper, into the heart of his vocation. That in turn led him to engage the wider world in a spirit of dialogue, compassion, and solidarity.

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