By Thomas Merton
The sixties have been a time of restlessness, internal turmoil, and enthusiasm for Merton in which he heavily the careening improvement of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic employee circulation, the Vietnam warfare, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. quantity five chronicles the process of Merton’s 50th birthday and marks his circulate to Mount Olivet, his hermitage on the Abbey of Gethsemani, the place he used to be eventually in a position to totally embody the fun and demanding situations of solitary lifestyles: ‘In the hermitage, one needs to pray of visit seed. The pretense of prayer won't suffice. simply sitting won't suffice . . . Solitude places you along with your again to the wall (or your face to it!), and this can be solid’ (13 October, 1964).
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October 23, 1963 The rumor goes around that Maritain has been made a Cardinal. John Howard Griffin even declares he has seen this in print. The other day I finished a short preface to Julie Kernan’s translation of Raïssa [Maritain]’s Notes sur le Pater [Notes on the Lord’s Prayer, 1964]. Dead dry weather! The leaves tinkle like flakes of copper when the breeze passes over them. Haze. 6Why were the Shakers first hated so much, then loved so much? Probably for their celibacy, or their mixture of celibacy and common life (both sexes in the same communities).
Yesterday Father Bernard Häring came to see me, and it turned out that the reason was my writing about peace. He thought it was important for this to continue and said he would speak to the General about it. He said I should be writing about peace to make reparation for St. Bernard’s preaching of crusades–and that if a monk could preach a crusade 16 then a monk could certainly be allowed to write about peace. Needless to say I agree. I hear Dom Walter [Helmstetter] is resigning as Abbot of the Genesee and coming back here.
Kinnarney died (aged 98). In the novitiate the Zen (sand and rock) garden is coming along quite well and I think it will be quite meaningful–replacing the idiot tangle of flowers, weeds and trellises at that end of the terrace. It is a wonder we took so long to clear that place. But I wonder what will happen to the fill when we get a lot of rain. October 22, 1963 Dryer than ever. Though the sky is clear and cloudless, a blue haze was drifting through the valley, probably from half a dozen fires in some other county.
Dancing in the Water of Life (Merton, Thomas Journal of Thomas Merton) by Thomas Merton