- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Paulist Press (May 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809146843
- ISBN-13: 978-0809146840
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wounded Heart of Thomas Merton, The Paperback – May 2, 2011
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About the Author
Robert Waldron has written extensively on the life and work of Thomas Merton. He lectures on Merton, has written for several literary and religious journals, and directs Merton retreats.
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What we learn from a book like this is that the spiritual path is not a path of bliss, though it may be a path that seeks it. Rather, it is a path of struggle, of agony, of painful transformation, of self-doubt, and of passion. It is instructive to all of us who are attempting to walk that path, and it lets us know that our "madness" is a "madness" shared by all serious seekers of Truth and God, and, necessarily, of integration.
God Who pooped His pants. When I started to share my revelation, many found it disgusting. I think it was just too human! Robert Waldron's new book is like that. He really
brings out the aching, breaking humanity of this spiritual giant, making you wonder, Why does the world keep turning to him?! Why can't we put the story to rest? He was such
a mystical mess, so full of contradictions. Just like the diaper epiphany, so the Merton Mess through Bob's loving eyes gives me New Hope.
I started my own spiritual journey in the summer of 1968. As a teen in a seminary in New Jersey, being introduced to the holy life as a strict adherence to rules and rituals,
suddenly I was hearing whispers of Good Riddance, yes even from model priests and nuns, about some monk who died in Asia. This immediately both shocked me and drew
me into the inner world of darkness and light. Thomas Merton was both depressing and refreshing. He was irresistable to me, though he was JUST TOO HUMAN for them!!!
Now Robert Waldron is pulling me back into that world and luring me even deeper through the labyrinths, until we come to the heart of the matter, to what it is that makes
Merton an Everyman, ever relevant. Reminding us of the ever critical revelation in Louisville, of how awesome it is to be a human being, we learn again that holiness is not a
simple adherence to rules and rituals. Oh, it is simple alright, but just as difficult as it is simple. It requires great daring, because it is the daily quest of simply "being myself,
my true self." Most of us spend our lives running away from that, the only true peace, peace borne in pain. Sanctity's real gauge is one's ability to stand naked in the Light of
God, Whose other name is Truth. It is not so difficult when one has truly surrendered to the belief that this same God became truly human and experienced the same agonies
from soiling his loincloth to sweating water and blood in utter loneliness in Gethsemane. That was Merton's journey of discovery, and Mr. Waldron invites us all to share it now.
Thank you, Bob, for your amazing work.
Merton struggled with and worked through major conflicts throughout his life. As he embraced his humanity and grew both older and wiser, his heart softened. He learned to surrender his desires to the Will of his God. In so doing, he ultimately became who he always was. Had he lived longer, one wonders where Merton's spiritual journey would have led him.
I highly recommend this book.