Thomas Merton and Indigenous Wisdom
“We owe an enormous debt to the Indians, and we should begin by recognizing the spiritual richness of the Indian religious genius. There is great hope for the world in the spiritual emancipation of the Indians.” –Thomas Merton, The Courage for Truth. Letter to Pablo Antonio Cuadra, 1958
Thomas Merton believed that the essential values of Christianity, the embrace of the dignity of all men and of the Sacred, are also reflected in the wisdom traditions of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. Merton studied the richness of Native American culture and spirituality which illustrate how these peoples embrace the Sacred as the foundation of their lives and of the Earth, that the ecological conscience as well as the social conscience are the basis of justice and peace.
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