The Merton Annual Volume 30 – From Graduate School to Gethsemani: A Pilgrimage of Prophecy and Prayer
Each of the essays in this volume reference the pivotal period in Merton’s early life, from Graduate School to Gethsemani, and/or the topics of pilgrimage, prophecy and prayer. “As a graduate student at Columbia writing on Blake he was also honing his own poetic skill, dabbling in philosophy, mysticism, Zen Buddhism and a variety of other topics that would continue to shape his entire life. After completing his master’s degree and before entering the monastery, Merton spent time in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains teaching at Saint Bonaventure College; he sojourned in Cuba and volunteered in Harlem. That time, from graduate school to Gethsemani, proved to be a microcosm reflecting all of his perpetual desires and concerns. His instruction of undergraduate Bonnies would later be mirrored by his novitiate conferences. His foray with Friendship House in Harlem foreshadows the fiery prophet of the nineteen sixties railing against racism and a variety of structural injustices. Still in those feverish final months leading up to his becoming a Trappist, aching for eventual ordination, he was simultaneously considering an array of alternative options should monastic and priestly life prove out of reach. Fundamentally, it was a time of awakening to and absorbing the awesome mystery of God, the consolation of Divine Mercy.” 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includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.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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