By Thomas Merton
The sixties have been a time of restlessness, internal turmoil, and enthusiasm for Merton within which he heavily the careening improvement of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic employee circulate, the Vietnam warfare, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. quantity five chronicles the strategy of Merton’s 50th birthday and marks his stream to Mount Olivet, his hermitage on the Abbey of Gethsemani, the place he was once ultimately in a position to absolutely embody the fun and demanding situations of solitary existence: ‘In the hermitage, one needs to pray of visit seed. The pretense of prayer won't suffice. simply sitting won't suffice . . . Solitude places you along with your again to the wall (or your face to it!), and this is often solid’ (13 October, 1964).
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Ramparts [Vol. 2, Christmas 1963] came with my Black Revolution and Griffin’s very moving dialogue with Father August Thompson–Negro pastor in a small Louisiana town (I met him here late one evening coming in from Louisville). New light on the South, again, and how impossible the situation really is. Actually it is quite a unique one for which new formulas must be sought and are being sought. But what will it avail? Whatever will happen if [Barry] Goldwater manages to get himself elected President in 1964!
True, there is no essential conflict between interior prayer and exterior action: but more interior prayer is God’s will for me and not so much exterior action. If I try to obey–and do not succeed in everything, that is another matter. September 19, 1963 I have been in St. Joseph’s Infirmary for a week with a cervical disk, and other problems, arthritis, etc. There has been some permanent injury to the vertebrae of my neck, but apparently I can escape an operation. I hope so. 17 Have had a certain amount of pain, especially at night.
Had a fairly good night’s sleep, for another, and the shoulder seems to get better. Read a good article on monastic silence by Dom Salmon in the Mélanges Benedictines (put out at St. ). Yesterday began Ida (Göerres’ diaries which are very lovely. She is one of the most alert and honest Catholic minds, not at all conformist, and very true. I am glad of course that she likes The Sign of Jonas. , but this time also about a Susquehanna Indian “plot” to get back the land stolen from them. Am planning to have enlargements made of some of my photos of Shakertown and Dant Station, and for some reason this is very satisfying.
Dancing in the Water of Life by Thomas Merton