Seeds of Contemplation

Seeds of Contemplation

Thomas Merton / Feb 20, 2020
Seeds of Contemplation La sola vera gioia sulla terra consiste nell evadere dalla prigione del nostro falso io e di unirci mediante l a alla Vita che dimora e canta nell essenza di ogni creatura e nell intimo della nostr
  • Title: Seeds of Contemplation
  • Author: Thomas Merton
  • ISBN: 9780313207563
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • La sola, vera gioia sulla terra consiste nell evadere dalla prigione del nostro falso io e di unirci, mediante l a, alla Vita che dimora e canta nell essenza di ogni creatura e nell intimo della nostra stessa anima.Per me essere santo significa essere me stesso Quindi il problema della santit e della salvezza in pratica il problema di trovare chi sono io e di scop La sola, vera gioia sulla terra consiste nell evadere dalla prigione del nostro falso io e di unirci, mediante l a, alla Vita che dimora e canta nell essenza di ogni creatura e nell intimo della nostra stessa anima.Per me essere santo significa essere me stesso Quindi il problema della santit e della salvezza in pratica il problema di trovare chi sono io e di scoprire il mio vero essere.La nostra scoperta di Dio , in un certo senso, la scoperta che Dio fa di noi.Ecco alcuni, significativi, brani del testo di Thomas Merton, che costituisce un riferimento unico per chi voglia vivere la spiritualit in senso moderno, recuperando tutto il significato di una vera educazione interiore Personalit poliedrica e vivissima, Merton ci ha donato la possibilit di uno sguardo diverso sulla contemplazione del mistero dell a di Dio per gli uomini, facendo vivere attraverso i suoi testi la sua stessa esperienza di vicinanza con il divino.
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      • Thomas Merton

        Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies Merton was also a proponent of inter religious dialogue, engaging in spiritual dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and D T Suzuki His life and career were suddenly cut short at age 53, when he was electrocuted stepping out of his bath.


    488 Comments

    1. I didn t read this edition exactly, but one from the 1960s.This book produced one of the troubling moments while I was on retreat at Thomas Merton s former monastery, Gethsemani Father Damion, the Guestmaster there, had described many of the concepts in this book without referencing this book directly, only saying Merton said In particular, the idea that our ultimate goal, as Christians, is to someday achieve the state where it is not my will, but God s will, that is done in every action and th [...]


    2. If I remember right, there s a part in here Rain in the Rhinocerous that hit me hard and strong Brilliant, beautiful, stuff.


    3. To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence for God is love Love is my true identity Selflessness is my true self Love is my true character Love is my name Personally, this was the most astounding quote in Seeds of Contemplation I have read these words over and over during the last few weeks I ve held them in my mind, wrestled with them in my head, breathed them in There s a new level of beauty found here that I was yet to realise and I am still y [...]


    4. A number of years ago I read a short piece by Thomas Merton whose title I have forgotten The gist was Merton acting as a night watchman in a monastery The stations he passes on his nocturnal rounds trigger thoughts about the nature of faith and existence As a religious diletante former bhuddist and FARQ I found the book interesting, though there were aspects in it that bothered me HE seems somewhat judgemental of other contemplatives He also occasionally copped a sort of supercilious attitude I [...]


    5. Let me be clear I do not rate every book five stars and I don t label every book my favorite This one is my favorite So many times throughout this book I found myself pausing to consider Merton s words Several times I felt drawn to pray immediately and discuss these thoughts with Christ Contemplation was not a common word in my vocabulary prior to reading SofC Since reading I have discovered several other books from various authors and a few by Merton The chapters on prayer, solitude, detachmen [...]


    6. I would recommend to anyone who has felt the draw to contemplative prayer Rich and helpful It made me want to go pray when I sat to read it which is the best thing a book on contemplation can do ultimately.


    7. This man truly loved and lived a life of humility From the introduction, Merton writes that he never intended the book to be a success He did not want his name to be attributed to it, either Try reading a chapter per day, whenever you have set aside time and space to contemplate The whole of Seeds puts your life into perspective.



    8. It s hard to explain the significance of this book written in 1948 1949 while at Gethsemani monastery Merton had published his Seven Story Mountain biography to great fame and sales, and here was New Directions Publishing, a radical av avant garde publisher taking up this deeply religious book For whatever reason, it was published and has been out there for decades now It s Merton s talk with us about the Godness in all thingse grace of being and our relationship to it Take it in small doses and [...]


    9. i ve re read this several times over the years, and it is always helpful Merton was not a typical catholic monk An artist and avowed communist, his writing on this subject is very helpful to any one of any denomination or not that wish to investigate this processom the book, In humility is the greatest freedom As long as you have to defend the imaginary self that you think is important, you lose your peace of heart and WHO doesn t think peace of heart is important, now great stuff for the spirit [...]


    10. I think I have a love hate affair going on with Thomas Merton He has so much to say that is valuable and also beautiful But he is just such a blabber mouth He can t stop writing talking This obscures a lot of his message for me It makes it just too hard to penetrate I felt the same way about The Sign of Jonas, although the real life scenarios and descriptions in that book carried me through.I will check out what others have said about this book Perhaps, they will give me some insight into the bo [...]


    11. Merton is full of sharp lines, inspirational quotes, and powerful paragraphs He is undeniably a great spiritual writer Why, then, does he need to be so accusatory and cynical about people who are not as far along the journey This book is not necessarily prideful, but it does not have a tone that encourages one to follow the regular brilliance that shines through.


    12. Borrowed initially, but decided to buy a 2 6 copy from seconds after just the first few pages Fantastic stuff no wonder it s a classic Didn t agree with everything, didn t understand everything, and it needed some discipline to do just one meditation every few days Definitely a book I will dip back into time and time again.


    13. Coincidentally I just read an historical novel about a Cistertian and now I find myself reading Merton Hmmm


    14. Another audio book which would have best been ingested via hard copy I have listened to it at least twice now.Another book meant to take in slowly with your journal at the ready.


    15. Very inspirational and easy to read No scriptural references, though, so as a companion for meditation than a devotional type book Very quotable.




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