A Testament of Confession & Witness:
The Legacy of Thomas Merton’s Philosophical Life

Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Join us as Jonathan  draws on a broad range of Merton’s writings to explore Merton’s spirituality within his autobiographical writing which, he will argue, might prove to be the most valuable aspect of his legacy for future generations.   By writing out his lived philosophy artfully he meant to assist the spiritual formation of his reader. Exposing privileged moments of grace in his life’s journey was consciously missionary. His courage to write of God’s mercy in his most personal life’s experiences is a witness to his “compassionate transparency.” He was prescient in judging that his autobiographical writing might prove to be the most valuable aspect of his legacy for future generations.

Jonathan Montaldo, MA,  is an internationally recognized writer, editor, retreat leader, and conference presenter whose work promotes the legacy of Thomas Merton and inter-spiritual contemplative traditions. Jonathan edited the second volume of Merton's Journals, Entering the Silence and (with Br. Patrick Hart), The Intimate Merton. Jonathan Montaldo is the former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.  

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
We invite you to come early and/or mingle afterwards to enjoy discussions with our guest speaker and other friends of Merton.

NEW Location: 
Union Theological Seminary, Room 207, 3041 Broadway @ West 121st Street,  NYC (directions)

Free for Members & Students; $20 for Non-Members

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Book Signing:
Mr. Montaldo will be available after his talk to autograph his books. All are available for purchase online; click on each of the book covers below to visit the publisher's page  for that book.

Other books:

  • The Intimate Merton
  • Choosing to Love the World

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