No Man Is an Island (Compact Disc)
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"No Man Is an Island" is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the "basic verities on which the spiritual life depends." Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton's deep awareness that we are all called to "live not for ourselves but for others." The first essay, "Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away," is a spiritual classic.
"This volume is a stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to find the meaning of human existence and to live the richest, fullest and noblest life."
Read by Jonathan Montaldo (7 compact discs; approx. 7 hours)
About the Author
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. Merton's works have had a profound impact on contemporary religious and philosophical thought. He is best known for his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation.
Jonathan Montaldo has served as director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and is a past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. His editions of Thomas Merton's works include "Entering the Silence: Thomas Merton's Journals, Volume 2; The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals" (with Patrick Hart); "Dialogues with Silence: Thomas Merton's Prayers & Drawings; A Year with Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton In His Own Words; Choosing to Love the World: Thomas Merton on Contemplation;" and the eight-volume series "Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton" (with Robert G. Toth).