Created for Joy: Thomas Merton’s Spirituality of Awareness and Witness

Code: SP5/728 (VST)

Dates: July 23, 2020, July 24, 2020, and July 25, 2020

Thursday: 1:30 – 4pm & 7 - 8:30pm (Evening Public Lecture) | Friday: 9:30am – 4pm | Saturday: 9:30am – 4pm

Thomas Merton Course
In his spiritual classic, New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton declares that we are “created for spiritual joy.”   Elsewhere, in a letter to a young friend, he writes that the “road to joy” is “mysteriously revealed to us without our exactly realizing it.”  The theme of joy will serve as a lens through which we will view Merton’s spirituality of awareness and witness as we consider how Merton experienced and envisioned the joys of being human; of friendship; of awakening to God within; of vocation; of compassion, justice, and mercy; of communion and community; and of the “cosmic dance.”  Our exploration of these dimensions of joy – threaded through Merton’s autobiography, journals, letters, essays, and poems – will shed light on his life and illuminate the perspectives and practices of a spirituality that invites us to contemplation, compassion, and unity.