The Merton Annual Volume 26 – Sophianic Love: Transforming the Heart by Living Together with Wisdom
“We don’t often apply the term “philosopher” to Thomas Merton but perhaps he was first and foremost a lover of wisdom. He knew his beloved by many names and faces, but he preferred her as she appears passionately in the poetry of Jerusalem rather than in her formal dress—the clean abstractions of Athens. I like to think that he so loved Sophia that the two became one. He surrendered his voice to her and discovered his true freedom. … Sophianic love is not jealous and possessive but inclusive and meant to be shared. Fittingly then, a common discernible thread running through this collection of fine essays is the tug of Sophia, the nameless substance we call love, romancing us into an ever-deepening friendship with God, a fruitful union producing prophecy.” Click here to read the full introduction by Joseph Quinn Rabb.
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includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.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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