The Prophet's Freedom

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These are some of the most fascinating Thomas Merton lectures ever recorded.

Recorded in the last year of his life, these talks capture Merton as he ponders profound questions in an accessible, down-to-earth way. You will glean insight from Merton on a wide range of subjects, all held together by his conviction in our call to live in freeing obedience to the Holy Spirit.

As Merton critiques the culture of his day, he speaks frankly about the way it creates alienated individuals who chase after superficial goals. He points to the contemplative life as a way to refute such a worldview. He guides us to seek out our deepest vocation. For him, the most mundane task done to glorify God is a prayer, and we can attain union with God through our daily work.

Among the interreligious topics Merton covers, his commentary on the relationship of Buddhism to Christianity is especially noteworthy, given that the Dalai Lama himself praised Merton as having a more profound understanding of Buddhism than any other Christian he had ever known.

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These are some of the most fascinating Thomas Merton lectures ever recorded.

Recorded in the last year of his life, these talks capture Merton as he ponders profound questions in an accessible, down-to-earth way. You will glean insight from Merton on a wide range of subjects, all held together by his conviction in our call to live in freeing obedience to the Holy Spirit.

As Merton critiques the culture of his day, he speaks frankly about the way it creates alienated individuals who chase after superficial goals. He points to the contemplative life as a way to refute such a worldview. He guides us to seek out our deepest vocation. For him, the most mundane task done to glorify God is a prayer, and we can attain union with God through our daily work.

Among the interreligious topics Merton covers, his commentary on the relationship of Buddhism to Christianity is especially noteworthy, given that the Dalai Lama himself praised Merton as having a more profound understanding of Buddhism than any other Christian he had ever known.

This course is truly remarkable. These talks will deliver you to the depth of Merton’s great mind.

This course is part of the Learn25 collection.

Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

This course was previously published as Prophet of the Modern World: Reflections from Thomas Merton’s Last Year

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Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and bestselling author of such beloved works as The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation. One of the 20th century’s great mystics, Merton was also a masterful teacher who delivered powerful conferences to the novice monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. In these conferences, Merton’s thinking moved from cloistered monastic life to issues of social justice and interreligious understanding. A spiritual sage and guide for countless men and women, Merton struggled with complex questions about God’s existence and the role of organized religion.

Those who knew him also experienced his gifts as a homilist and teacher. These special, remastered recordings are part of his spoken word legacy. They are actual recordings of Thomas Merton. By agreement with The Thomas Merton Legacy Trust, Now You Know Media has the sole right to record, master, re-master, duplicate, market, and disseminate copies of “The Merton Recordings,” which are a selection of the archives housed in the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

  • The Prophetic Vision: Standing Outside the Status Quo, Part I
  • The Prophetic Vision: Standing Outside the Status Quo, Part II
  • The One-Dimensional Man: Developing a Deeper Understanding
  • The Feminine Mystique: Focusing on the Whole Person
  • Lessons from Zen Buddhism: Emptying the Self
  • Lessons from Hassidism: The Grace of Unification
  • Yoga as a Way of Life: Finding Union with God, Part I
  • Yoga as a Way of Life: Finding Union with God, Part II
  • Afterward by Fr. Anthony Ciorra, M.Div, Ph.D.

4 reviews for The Prophet’s Freedom

  1. Fr. Raymond Browne, Philadelphia, PA

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    Hearing Merton is something special in itself. You get a real sense of his personality. And the substance of his remarks are as relevant today as they were 40 + years ago.

  2. Raymond

    Reading Merton is one thing. Hearing him is another.

    Reading Merton is one thing. Hearing him is another. The pen is mightier than the sword, but the spoken, heard word allows a degree of personal knowledge that leads to deeper appreciation of topic and speaker.

  3. Raymond

    His reflections are even more on point 40 years later.

    Merton reflecting on the prophetic dimension of Christian/monastic life with reference to feminism, yoga, Hasidism, and other contemporary movements. His reflections are even more on point 40 years later.

  4. Dennis H., MN

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    Candid insight to Merton’s spiritual journey as shared with the Sisters of Loretto.

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