Obituary: Anti-war crusader Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan, 94, died Saturday, April 30, of natural causes at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care facility in the Bronx.
Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan, one of the most influential voices in shaping Catholic thinking about war and peace during the past century, died April 30.
When Thomas Merton's body and possessions were returned to his home at Gethsemani Abbey in December 1968, his personal effects were estimated to be worth less than $1,000.
Take and Read: It's pretty clear now that The Seven Storey Mountain served as my "spiritual director" during my first years of seminary formation.
As a narrative lens for his speech, Francis cited the Golden Rule -- Jesus' teaching in Matthew's Gospel to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and racial profiling.
Back in 1963, Merton called the civil rights movement "the most providential hour, the kairos not merely of the Negro, but of the white man."
His words echoed Saturday among black pastors at a conference, titled "Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton," hosted by Louisville's Center for Interfaith Relations. The event marked the 100th anniversary of Merton's birth.
Morgan Atkinson's new documentary on Thomas Merton, the famed Trappist monk from the Cistercian abbey in Gethsemani, Kentucky, was "40 years in the making," he joked.
Actually, it was closer to two, but it was Atkinson's own pilgrimage to Gethsemani 40 years ago that not only broadened his exposure to Merton, but led him to become a Catholic himself.
A small c catholic: I wish I could report to you that Merton's piercing insights have become outdated and even irrelevant because we have rid the world of violence.
"Seasons of Celebration: Thomas Merton at 100" profiles Merton the writer, interfaith dialogue partner, peace and racial justice activist, as well as the photographer, calligrapher and correspondent.
When Trappist Fr. Matt Torpey speaks of his mentor, teacher and friend Thomas Merton, the words flow like a gentle stream.