Thomas Merton Series

The Merton Annual Volume 25 – Monasticism and Western Culture: Desert and City, a Divided Humanity

David Joseph Belcastro, Joseph Quinn Raab


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“Merton had to work long and hard to find his place in the world. His writings, photography and calligraphy were the tools with which he created a palace of nowhere – an opening into the city for the infinite Source of Life to freely flow with grace and truth. With this in mind, the reader may choose to approach the publications in this volume with attention to the relationship of desert and city, the ways in which contemplation and action collaborate, and the emergence of new forms of monasticism that seek to engage the world today. … The reader of this volume of The Merton Annual will be exploring the border between the intellect and imagination in Merton’s work and therein discover not only Merton’s vision of the world redeemed in Christ but also the location of his hermitage situated in the desert just beyond city limits.” Click here to read the full Introduction by David Belcastro.

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includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.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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  • 9781891785634
  • 2012
  • 295

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The Merton Annual Volume 25 – Monasticism and Western Culture: Desert and City, a Divided Humanity
Grateful acknowledgement is expressed to the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University for permission to reproduce the calligraphy of Thomas Merton for the cover artwork.


About the Cover Illustration: What title could possibly suit this image, printed by Merton with his hermitage technology: paper he had at hand, bottled ink, found materials? Is it a veiled moon, an immersed Zen circle, a looming, revolving energy that looks at us as we look at it? There are few finer images from the hermitage studio. It speaks from Merton's sense of wonder to our own.
Roger Lipsey, author of "Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton"