Thomas Merton Series

The Merton Annual Volume 23 – The Importance of Dialogue in a Fragmented World


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“Perhaps the best word to appear in the last century for [relating face to face] was the word dialogue. The prefix dia is significant: it means to go through the logos. One penetrates the conditions of communication to realize a deeper meaning, a deeper communion, at work through- not via – the words of conversation. This is what Thomas Merton understood in the last months of his life when he was so ‘convinced that communication in depth, across the lines that have hitherto divided religious and monastic traditions, is now not only possible and desirable, but most important for the destinies of Twentieth-Century Man.’ … The present volume of The Merton Annual stands as ample testimony that such dedicated labor and grace is at work today and will continue to illuminate our path throughout this century in the midst of all its technological wizardry.” Click here to read the full introduction by Gray Matthews.

The Merton Annual publishes articles about Thomas Merton and about related matters of major concern to his life and work. Its purpose is to enhance Merton’s reputation as a writer and monk, to continue to develop his message for our times, and to provide a regular outlet for substantial Merton-related scholarship. The Merton Annual includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.  Essays about related literary and spiritual matters are also considered.

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  • 2010
  • 9781891785818
  • 332

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The Merton Annual Volume 23 – The Importance of Dialogue in a Fragmented World


A note on the cover illustration: This is a monk of all Orders, though there is a hint of the Cistercian scapular; a monk in movement around his axis in a seated dance, alert and at ease. Leaning toward us, is he teaching? Lightly sketched with the brush, the image has a curious authority and message. "Show me thy ways, O Lord, teach me thy paths" (Ps. 25).
Roger Lipsey, author of Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton