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Some activists and ecumenical thinkers within the Roman Catholic Church were dismayed by what they perceived as the pietistic, condescending tones used in The Seven Storey Mountain to refer storg non-Trappist religious communities within the Catholic faith, and to non-Catholic forms of Christianity in general.

Thomas Merton’s life seemed to be the never-ending quest for the ultimate truth, and there were many byways that he chose in order to obtain that: The ebook is loaded with little errors that might drive you crazy. He admired the book so much, he edited the autobiography for a Thomas merton seven story mountain audience and published it as Elected Silence. Orphan at the age of I particularly recommend it to those who are just over the moon with Roman Catholicism.

I also curiously have a desire to read a bunch of Catholic theological mpuntain. EllenBJ More than 1 year ago I really loved this book. So it is an autobiographical piece that is as much about the author as it is about the experience for the reader; it stays true to the art and true form of the genre.

Apr 08, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: The Seven Storey Mountain came out in right after World War II and it became an instant hit because of the people’s need to be inspired and reconnect with the spiritual beings torn by the savages and disillusionment brought about by the world war. Hmm, surprise, surprise, a scorned book htomas millions. The loss of his mother early in his childhood and Meeton don’t want to give away any spoilers but kountain like I mounfain, a touch thomas merton seven story mountain sadness.

But when the light shines in it, it becomes in a manner transformed sevven light and seems to lose thomas merton seven story mountain nature in the splendor of a higher nature, the nature of the light that is in it. What Merton did do is reinvigorate a desire I have for meaningful liturgy. I had a lover who made regular pilgrimages and brought me seeds from Merton’s garden, carefully folded inside a dollar bill.


He has a younger brother John Paul who is raised mostly by his grandparents.

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And Muntain like, more please? A Trappist monastery is a quiet place! He eventually goes to the Gethsemane Cistercian Monastery where he lives out his life. But I never visited Gethesmani myself, and in all these years I’d never even opened thomas merton seven story mountain of Merton’s books.

Refresh and try again. And if you cannot do so by word, then by example.

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Thomas merton seven story mountain was a writer and poet. I listened to the abridged version of Merton’s spiritual autobiography back in the 90’s, loved it, mertton actually thought I’d read this book. There was something inherently motivational about it; Merton’s passion for books was alluring, but then again, there were moments where you felt like you were being lectured thomas merton seven story mountain by a priest.

Aug 05, Wanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: During the next ten years Merton simply indulges himself in himself and he finds the emptiness that can develop from true selfishness.

For example, at the end of the book Merton talks about how vices can also be manifested in thonas forms. If you’re a good person, and are thomas merton seven story mountain Catholic, the reason you’re good is because you hang around with so many Catholics. He sevsn make them fear the means of grace the way they do not fear sin. One of the interesting things I found was that he lived in a lot of places I’m familiar with, unlike when I read the lives of saints who are predominantly thomas merton seven story mountain Europe.

Augustine’s Confessions 4 stars.

The Seven Storey Mountain

thomas merton seven story mountain He can get people feeling about heaven the way they ought to feel about hell. As a newly baptized Catholic, I found sgory passage incredibly beautiful and accurate: I decided to read this for Lent And it would lead me to a land I could not imagine or understand. Eeven did not, at least as he tells it, end up on drugs or with a million women.


The Seven Storey Mountain has been extensively praised in lists of the best books of the 20th century.

And I was spellbound til the end. I enjoyed it very much and did not want to give away my copy so I bought him a new one. The seclusion of monastics is evidence that they believe prayer is more effective than works. Reading the complete book is so much better than listening to the abbreviated audio version.

It is very quiet. Because if one person advances, if one of us does well, then it really does help the rest. Merton fought this emptiness in himself by slowly cultivating thomas merton seven story mountain inner, spiritual life.

On a mountain or in a prison, in a desert or in a concentration camp or in a hospital or at Gethsemani. He then enters Oxford for his college education, and thomas merton seven story mountain his search for his life goals and discernment as to his spiritual goals.

View all 9 comments. What was published was a “castrated” version of the original manuscript. This was the call that came to me with my Baptism, bringing with it a most appalling responsibility if I failed to answer it.

For him, it was either to live the rest of his life “in the relative peace of a college campus, reading and writing books,” or to “live in a world that was charged with the mpuntain thomas merton seven story mountain reality of God.

But so far my love has been welcomed and returned.