Thursday, 28 December 2006

Thomas Merton's Journals

I finished The Sign of Jonas sometime before Hannibal Rising. I am perpetually awe-struck by how Merton says exactly what I need at the right time, and how effortlessly and clearly he pours forth the beginnings of prayer in my soul.

He is a saint, surely, but I wonder if he will ever be a Saint. Another musing I have, prompted by an acquaintance, is this: Did Merton modify the content of his journal, knowing, consciously or no, that it would be published in the end?

If he did, does this diminish or increase its value to the individual soul of the reader?

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