21 Feb New Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton’s earlier book, Seeds of Contemplation. What is the intent of a book. This edition is a much-enlarged and revised version of Seeds of Contemplation, one of the late Father Thomas Merton’s most widely read and best-loved works. In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers.

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The significance placed on humility is a constant meryon that we are of God, in Christ and with the Spirit at all times. If his ideas are correct nww they very well may be, there is lingering gap in the “How To” in this work and so so many contemporary works, movements and ideas.

The Gift of New Hope: The Art of Thomas Merton: Shambhala Publications- Religion – pages. Trust in God that results in the absolute trust of self with God is the freedom of living in the spirit, being guided by the spirit to reflect Christ in the world. Lists with This Book.

Any joy that does not overflow from our souls and help other men to rejoice in God does not come to us from God. Perhaps he is your enemy because he thinks you are a savage As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily seede the years went by.

Merton wrestles with renewing his daily life and challenges the reader to radically renew his or her own life.

Yet no idea of Him, however pure and perfect, is adequate to express Him as He really is. If you are on a serious spiritual growth path, seeking a clearer understanding of your relationship to God, this is the book for you.

I picked this up in September after seeing Pope Francis’s speech before Congress.

Scoffing at words like “inspirational”, his writing on the subject is nothing less. His life of solitude and contemplation did not cause him to turn inward, but called him to look out into the world. I just can’t seem to get enough of Thomas Merton, this is a book not to be rushed but savored slowly. That being said, Brother Tom plunges into a book in which he attempts to lay the groundwork, or to set the vibe for one’s odyssey into contemplation.

In this series of short, interconnected essays, Merton takes on all comers, from over-earnest monks to the vagaries of the modern business world, and he is a compelling advocate for a life spent in earnest contemplation of God. Feb 03, Lisa Lewton rated it really liked it. I want to swim in them for hours. Poetic, transcending, life-changing, mesmerizing, core-cutting, astounding, incredibly perfect, a true gift from God.

Place no hope in the inspirational preachers of Christian sunshine, who are able to pick you up and set you back on your feet and make you feel good for three or four days—until you fold up and collapse into despair. Paperbackpages. Here is another challenge from Merton: John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowingand the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton’s reflections with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation is definitely one of my favorite Mer A classic Christian spirituality book that has a somewhat rambling style and structure while doling out immensely valuable gems on prayer and contemplation.

In essence, you can’t just read about contemplation without putting yourself in a place to experience it. A Perspective from a Recent Participant.

It is very observant of the human condition and the various states of ennui and incompleteness that we face. An exceptional life altering read!! Occupy my whole life with the one thought and the one desire of love, nea I may love not for the sake of merit, not for the sake of perfection, not for the sake of virtue, not for the sake of sanctity, but for You alone.

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However, sometimes when I was reading, I just felt lost. At any rate, the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and nerton we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance. Selected pages Title Page.

I also wonder whether Merton, living so firmly in a male world at his monastery, ever imagined that his writings would reach such a wide and diverse readership– and if he had, whether he would’ve used such dishearteningly exclusive gender language, not only about God, but about humanity. Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory. His grasp of the human person and resistance to God makes so much clear about the world today, especially attitudes among both self-righteous This is a book to put on your nightstand and read slowly, a few pages at a time.

On many occasions, Merton would go on and on about a particular topic, he felt strongly about, and that became very tiresome, but keep in mind that Thomas Merton was a young writer, when he wrote this book, so that might explain why so much of this book was long winded. Although not canonized, I consider Merton a saint.

I recommend reading it slowly, a little every day over a period of weeks. I want to swim in them for hours. What in God might appear to us as “play” is perhaps what he Himself takes most seriously. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Maybe two or three years are not enough! He calls out the fallacy of political revolution, saying that in the end “the situation will be essentially the same as before: He struggled as we all do to find relationship with God and with fellow humans that honored the divine.

This book is definitely one to come back to after years of spiritual growth and development, but I am glad I read it now because it gives me something to look forward to in the future and it provided much light for the journey at present.

We are called to be in the world and not of the world. Stamp out the serpent envy that stings love with poison and kills all joy. I have bought the book, but have not spent much time with it yet.

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He warns of the dangers of such a life where you sit content with your ideas of yourself as a good person. Explore medton Home Gift Guide.

I want to swim in them for hours! I think that’s just how Catholicism works. Stanch in me the rank wound of covetousness and the hungers that exhaust my nature with their bleeding.