Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I am now reading again the journals of Thomas Merton as well as his book "The Inner Experience." Even though Merton is often the whipping boy of fundamentalist Christians and a fair amount of Catholics, one can not argue with his intellectual honesty. There is something in his writing that is accessible to all regardless of education or background, something I discovered when I first encountered his writing, reading "The Seven Story Mountain" in 1975. I had the good fortune to speak with a fellow monk that was Merton's driver before he was sent to the Trappist house in Vina, California. The driver had some great stories. One story involved a beer run for the famous monk. Anyone that has not read Merton is really missing a chance to meet one of the finest writers of the past century. Perhaps it is time to pay another visit to the Trappists in Oregon for a short retreat, something that is also worth doing if one has yet to spend any time at Trappist monastery.