Thomas Merton, who later came to be known as Father Louis, was an American priest, Catholic thinker and a Trappist monk, who rose to prominence as a leading writer on Catholicism. He was born in France in 1915 but his family left for the United States in the same year and settled down in New York. Merton was not only a great Catholic thinker and writer, but also a social activist of great repute and was known to be a keen researcher on comparative religion. The priesthood was ordained on Merton in 1949 and from then on, he was known as Father Louis. However, it was as a writer of spiritual books that he became most famous and produced a rich body of work that included over 70 books. His most famous work is ‘The Seven Storey Mountain’ that was published in 1948 and was included among the 100 best books of non-fiction by ‘National Review’. The book was so influential that it inspired many American citizens especially teenagers to head for monasteries in search of spiritual upliftment. Here are some of the famous quotes from the life and works of Thomas Merton, the man who popularized spirituality. Read on the collection of thoughts, quotes and sayings by Thomas Merton those are sure to lift your spirits and guide you in the hour of tide.
Reason is in fact the path to faith, and faith takes over when reason can say no more.
To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.
....it is of the very essence of Christianity to face suffering and death not because they are good, not because they have meaning, but because the resurrection of Jesus has robbed them of their meaning.
The true inner self must be drawn up like a jewel from the bottom of the sea, rescued from confusion, from indistinction, from immersion in the common, the nondescript, the trivial, the sordid, the evanescent.
For our duties and our needs, in all the fundamental things for which we were created, come down in practice to the same thing.
People have no idea what one saint can do: for sanctity is stronger than the whole of hell.
The most awful tyranny is that of the proximate Utopia where the last sins are currently being eliminated and where, tomorrow, there will be no more sins because all the sinners will have been wiped out. p. 22