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Clear and moving, this compilation reveals previously unpublished discussions on prayer and religious vows between Thomas Merton and the Sisters of Loretto in the early 1960s. Offering insight into Merton’s friendship with one of the most influential American religious women of the 20th century, Sr. Mary Luke Tobin who was one of the 15 official women observers at Vatican II this history reflects not only Merton’s deep understanding of religious life, but also his affection for this particular community of sisters.
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Sr. Mary Swain is a member of the Sisters of Loretto. She lives in Nerinx, Kentucky. Bonnie Thurston is a founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society and the author of 16 books, including For God Alone: A Primer on Prayer and The Spiritual Landscape of Mark. She lives in Wheeling, West Virginia.Review:
“This book celebrates Gethsemani’s bond with Loretto and Merton’s friendship with Sr. Mary Luke Tobin. Readers will take heart from these reflections on faith, prayer, vocation, commitment, and community—as I do.” —Christine M. Bochen, editor, Thomas Merton: Essential Writings
“The decision to include some striking photographs greatly enhances the pleasure of reading Hidden in the Same Mystery. A wonderful gift for all seasons.” —Br. Patrick Hart, Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, Abbey of Gethsemani
“This collection of Merton’s informal conferences at Loretto and Sr. Luke’s recollections of her relationship with Merton is a gift that illuminates the lives and witness of these two giants of the 20th century American Church.” —Patrick O’Connell, editor, the Merton Seasonal
“[Thomas Merton and Sr. Mary Luke’s] hunger for ‘the gospel without compromise’ shines through the pages of this book.” —Paul M. Pearson, director and archivist, Thomas Merton Center
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Book Description Fons Vitae, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1891785605
Book Description Fons Vitae, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111891785605