Thomas Merton Series

The Merton Annual Volume 34 – The Many Faces of the Stranger

David Golemboski, Deborah Pope Kehoe


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“Thomas Merton’s oeuvre also resounds with references to “the stranger.” From his exclamation of discovery on the streets of Louisville that “there are no strangers,”10 to the recognition of his own perceived separateness in Day of a Stranger, 11 Merton taps into the mystical irony of this noun in all its variant manifestations and finds that in a world where humanity dwells in dynamic tension between alienation and communion, the only way to true integration is to acknowledge with compassion the stranger without and the one within. From numerous angles, the articles in this volume of The Merton Annual unfold multiple illustrations of that prophetic wisdom.” Click here to read the full introduction by Deborah Pope Kehoe.

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includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.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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  • 9781887752183
  • 2021
  • 277

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The Merton Annual Volume 34 – The Many Faces of the Stranger
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: Merton's drawing of the Abbey is dated 1952, the year of the first draft of "The Fire Watch" and these luminous, unsettling words: "Your love, O God, speaks to my life as to an intimate, in the midst of a crowd of strangers."
Roger Lipsey, author of "Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton"