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Thomas Merton, Peacemaker: Meditations on Merton, Peacemaking, and the Spiritual Life John Dear

Thomas Merton, Peacemaker: Meditations on Merton, Peacemaking, and the Spiritual Life

John Dear

Published May 10th 2015
ISBN : 9781626981072
Paperback
192 pages
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A noted peacemaker reflects on Thomas Mertons lessons for peacemaking today.In this centenary year of Thomas Mertons birth, longtime peace activist and author John Dear shares meditations on Mertons writings on peace and spiritual life. The GodMoreA noted peacemaker reflects on Thomas Mertons lessons for peacemaking today.In this centenary year of Thomas Mertons birth, longtime peace activist and author John Dear shares meditations on Mertons writings on peace and spiritual life. The God of peace is never glorified by human violence, Merton wrote. In the early 1960s, the famous Trappist monk, author, and poet broke new ground through his prophetic writings on nuclear weapons, war, and racism. For Merton these were not only moral challenges. They reflected a deeper spiritual crisis. Among the lessons John Dear has learned from Merton: the connection between contemplation and nonviolence- the importance of faithful reliance on God instead of weapons or war- the need to speak out publicly for disarmament and justice- the importance of silence, solitude, and mindfulness- the daily celebration of the resurrection and the wonder of creation. In the end, John Dear invites us to take up Thomas Mertons journey and become mature spiritual seekers who break beyond the accepted norms of religious obligation into universal love, compassion, and friendship with God, that we too might become peacemakers, the beloved sons and daughters of the God of peace.|In this centenary year of Thomas Mertons birth, longtime peace activist and author John Dear shares meditations on Mertons writings on peace and the spiritual life. Among the lessons John Dear has learned from Merton: the connection between contemplation and nonviolence- the importance of faithful reliance on God instead of weapons or war- the need to speak out publicly for disarmament and justice- the importance of silence, solitude, and mindfulness- the daily celebration of the resurrection and the wonder of creation. In the end, John Dear invites us to take up Thomas Mertons journey and become mature spiritual seekers who break beyond the accepted norms of religious obligation into universal love, compassion, and friendship with God, that we too might become peacemakers, the beloved sons and daughters of the God of peace.