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The environmental vision of Thomas Merton

Author: Monica Weis
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2011.
Series: Culture of the land.
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Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton's life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he contemplated and wrote about the beauty of his surroundings. Throughout his life, Merton's study of the natural world shaped his spirituality in profound ways, and he was one of the first  Read more...
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Weis, Monica, 1942-
Environmental vision of Thomas Merton.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2011
(DLC) 2011001508
(OCoLC)682895317
Named Person: Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Monica Weis
ISBN: 9780813130156 0813130158 128309942X 9781283099424
OCLC Number: 727840147
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Encountering Rachel Carson : environmentalist and provocateur --
Learning to see : becoming awake --
"Spots of time" : moments of awakening --
Seeing differently : recognizing the holy in the ordinary --
Merging inner and outer landscapes : prayer, poetry, and photography --
Merton's evolving ecological consciousness --
Afterword. Woodland deer : an ecological journey in miniature.
Series Title: Culture of the land.
Responsibility: Monica Weis.

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Nature was always vital in Thomas Merton's life, from the long hours he spent as a child watching his father paint landscapes in the fresh air, to his final years of solitude in the hermitage at Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he contemplated and wrote about the beauty of his surroundings. Throughout his life, Merton's study of the natural world shaped his spirituality in profound ways, and he was one of the first writers to raise concern about ecological issues that have become critical in recent years. In The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton, author Monica Weis suggests that Merton's interest in nature, which developed significantly during his years at the Abbey of Gethsemani, laid the foundation for his growing environmental consciousness. Tracing Merton's awareness of the natural world from his childhood to the final years of his life, Weis explores his deepening sense of place and desire for solitude, his love and responsibility for all living things, and his evolving ecological awareness.

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