Thomas Merton

Today was the day that Thomas Merton slipped his earthy coil, or whatever they saying is. I am surprised that compared to other holy men and women we don’t see the constant push for Merton to be Canonized. Sure Merton is different from the others but from all that I’ve read he made quite an impact on vocations after his book Seven Storey Mountain was published. I read some where that it was one of the accessories that many men brought with them as they joined. Merton wrote a lot of things and now many people have taken those things and compiled them in various books. The book that introduced me to Merton was Seeds edited by Robert Inchausti. In the book one of the sections is about Merton thoughts about Sainthood. I really like these thoughts Merton writes in Seven Storey Mountain, about a conversation he had with Robert Lax, Merton’s friend says “All that is necessary to be a saint is to want to be one. Don’t you believe that God will make you what He created you to be, if you will consent to let Him do it? All you have to do is desire it.” This is a concept that many people struggle with we are supposedly all called to be saints but through the centuries it seems that the average individual has little chance to become a saint, but what Lax said really simplifies the whole thing If you want to be a saint all we have to do is to want to be one. The other quote that I really like comes from New Seed for Contemplation is “The saints are what they are, not because their sanctity make them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everybody else.” Being a saint is not something that takes place in isolation, we are members of a communal religion and it sort of echoes the sentiment of Hugo to love another person is to see the face of God.


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