Title

Collegeville Connections – Merton on My Mind

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

7-7-2021

Abstract

What is the connection between contemplation and action? Is there ever such a thing as a wrong answer to a spiritual question? How do we care about the brutality in the world while not becoming overwhelmed by it?

In this Collegeville Connections event, Sophfronia Scott shares her deep dive into the private journals of the famous Trappist monk Thomas Merton, and the connection she found in his pages that led to her new book The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton. As a Black woman who is not Catholic, Scott both learns from and pushes back against Merton, holding spirited, and intimate conversations on race, ambition, faith, activism, nature, prayer, friendship, and love.

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