Thomas Merton: A Spiritual Guide for the Twenty-First Century

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Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University
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Thomas Merton: A Spiritual Guide for the Twenty-First Century

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University
(1 customer review)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

What attracts you to Thomas Merton? Why does this monk continue to inspire millions, across faiths? How does Merton speak to you and your spiritual journey?

In this insightful course, you will explore Merton’s remarkable life, powerful writing, and deep spiritual wisdom. And if you’re like some of us, you will find in Merton a lifelong friend and mentor.

Through these 12 presentations, you will have the opportunity to get to know Thomas Merton and actively develop a relationship with him.

Thomas Merton struggled with questions about God’s existence, moral values and the place of organized religion in his early years. His path to conversion was complex and bumpy. There are many tools that Merton used to aid his spiritual growth, such as journaling, poetry, letter writing, photography, and art. As you study Merton in this course, you will be invited to move out of your head through the use of some of these same tools to enter more deeply into your own experience with the mystery of God. The free study guide accompanying this course is designed to help you through t

What attracts you to Thomas Merton? Why does this monk continue to inspire millions, across faiths? How does Merton speak to you and your spiritual journey?

In this insightful course, you will explore Merton’s remarkable life, powerful writing, and deep spiritual wisdom. And if you’re like some of us, you will find in Merton a lifelong friend and mentor.

Through these 12 presentations, you will have the opportunity to get to know Thomas Merton and actively develop a relationship with him.

Thomas Merton struggled with questions about God’s existence, moral values and the place of organized religion in his early years. His path to conversion was complex and bumpy. There are many tools that Merton used to aid his spiritual growth, such as journaling, poetry, letter writing, photography, and art. As you study Merton in this course, you will be invited to move out of your head through the use of some of these same tools to enter more deeply into your own experience with the mystery of God. The free study guide accompanying this course is designed to help you through this experience.

Let Merton challenge and inspire you. A man who struggled, stumbled, and questioned up to the very end of his life, Merton’s experience and writings as presented in this course will help you on your spiritual journey. You will not be disappointed.

***Photograph of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin. Used with the permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

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Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II awarded him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. In 2000, he was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism. His publications include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998).Fr. Ciorra holds graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University. Currently, he is Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to assuming this post, Fr. Ciorra occupied a number of leadership positions in higher education and beyond, including: dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth; and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York.Fr. Ciorra’s professional experience ranges from parish life and preaching to teaching and administration to retreat work and formation ministries. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
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“I highly recommend any course by Fr. Anthony Ciorra. His delivery is great, his reflections [are] thoughtful, and [his] questions are challenging. I would have enjoyed having him as a professor. His illustrations are practical.”– Michael Harrison,San Antonio, TX
“Anthony Ciorra—a born teacher—clear and inspiring.”– Sr. Michael,Seaham, County Durham, UK
“Very personable!”– Margaret Gardner,Verona, NJ
 

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  • What Was Merton’s Spirituality and How Does He Help Us to Find Ours?, Part 1
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  • Thomas Merton and the Struggle for Solitude, Part 1
  • Thomas Merton and the Struggle for Solitude, Part 2
  • Thomas Merton and the Struggle for Solitude, Part 3
  • Thomas Merton and Social Justice, Part 1
  • Thomas Merton and Social Justice, Part 2
  • Thomas Merton: A Guide for Interreligious Dialogue

1 review for Thomas Merton: A Spiritual Guide for the Twenty-First Century

  1. Frank

    Extraordinary introduction to Thomas Merton

    I was curious to know about Thomas Merton and liked the description of this course. I didn’t understand how I could develop a relationship with him by following the course, but all I can say is that at the very end of the last lecture, when the author refers to the moment of his death, I cried. Then I realized I really appreciated him personally, and recognized the excellent presentation of Father Ciorra. Now I am reading the two books he highly recommended. Thank you for offering this great course!

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