Merton – too smart, too stupid, and pride

I can think of a few “abstruse” doctrines…this Gnosticist attempt at intellectualizing the faith, whether it is some progressive sense of “justice” or perhaps some notion of super-predestinationism…

Or those who reject the intellectual tradition of the Faith…

This is done in pride.

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Thomas Merton on Ash Wednesday #lent

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“Ash Wednesday is for people who know that it means for their soul to be logged with these icy waters: all of us are such people, if only we can realize it.

There is confidence everywhere in Ash Wednesday, yet that does not mean unmixed and untroubled security. The confidence of the Christian is always a confidence in spite of darkness and risk, in the presence of peril, with every evidence of possible disaster…

Once again, Lent is not just a time for squaring conscious accounts: but for realizing what we had perhaps not seen before. The light of Lent is given us to help us with this realization.

Nevertheless, the liturgy of Ash Wednesday is not focussed on the sinfulness of the penitent but on the mercy of God. The question of sinfulness is raised precisely because this is a day of mercy, and the just do not need a savior.” – Thomas Merton HT.

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Something a little different – Merton: From Jazz to Chant

Fr. Jeremy King is in a group which recently performed something a little different. I met Fr. Jeremy at St. Meinrad‘s when I was in Indiana as a Community Organizer. The place is fantastic and rarely have I met a warmer soul that Fr. Jeremy.

From the youtube video:

Merton: From Jazz to Chant commemorates the 42nd anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death. Thomas Merton reminded us “if we have not silence, God is not heard in our music. If we have no rest, God does not bless our work.” These words let us peek into the world of Thomas Merton and see the role that music played for him. Thomas Merton enjoyed music and the silence between the notes. Before he entered the monastery, he frequented jazz clubs. This continued after he became monk. While in the monastery, Merton discovered chant. This program explores two seemingly different forms of music. We invite you to decide how different they truly are.

The performers: Members of the Archabbey of Saint Meinrad’s schola: Fr. Jeremy King, Choirmaster and Schola Director, Br. John Mark Falkenhain, Br. Martin Erspamer, and scholar and composer, Fr. Columba Kelly. The jazz quartet is comprised of Chuck Marohnic, Jason Tiemann, Jacob Duncan, and Chris Fitzgerald.

Using the works of Thomas Merton and others, The Merton Institute develops resources for “living your everyday life as your spiritual life.” This way of living is the essence of contemplative living.

For more information and to order additional copies of this program contact:
The Merton Institute
2117 Payne Street Louisville, KY 40206

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