Spirit of Thomas Merton

The shop was packed from corner to corner with those eager to hear Eda Lorello, pastoral counselor speak about the life and legacy of Thomas Merton. The monk, poet and peace activist is  arguably one of the most influential spiritual masters of the 20th century.  Then it should come as no surprise that the house was full to commemorate Thomas Merton’s death, 40 years ago, December 10, 1968.  But what does it say that now,  in 2008 in the secular and some would say wayward Hamptons  such a crowd gathers on a cold winter night to hear his words? Eda spoke about her life-long study of Merton’s work and of her pilgrimage to the Abbey of Gethsemane where Merton lived for 27 years. His spirit moved her first on the page and decades later at the hermitage.  And it goes on.

We were fortunate, thanks to Tony Ernst, to have been able to record this presentation which will air later on WPKN independent and non-commercial radio.  Several of our programs can be heard on-line at this link: http://eastendink.blogspot.com

During this holiday time, let’s keep our ears open!

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