21 Feb New Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton’s earlier book, Seeds of Contemplation. What is the intent of a book. This edition is a much-enlarged and revised version of Seeds of Contemplation, one of the late Father Thomas Merton’s most widely read and best-loved works. In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers.

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Why would he be on the priests’ side now? I don’t think I’d recommend this to a new believer. I read the former inand the latter sometime in the mids.

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At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, “The Seven Storey Mountain” ; there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2: Poetic, transcending, life-changing, mesmerizing, core-cutting, astounding, incredibly perfect, a true gift from God. Jun 18, Debra rated it really liked it. I also acknowledge that “New Seeds of Contemplation” is an engaging explanation of some of Merton’s core ideas, as well as a compelling argument for the spiritual value in leading what Merton terms a “contemplative” life more exactly, a life in contemplation of God’s will and your purpose within that will.

While this isn’t a difficult book to read, it is a deep book. Fenn Snippet view – Yes, the book was written by a monk, probably nw other monks, decades ago before the feminist movement, but genderized language makes the content seem less accessible to me as a woman. For every gain in deep certitude there is a corresponding growth of superficial “doubt. All throughout this first reading, I found myself asking, “Thomas, have you been reading my diary? Puts it in perspective.


It’s not a “to-do” book on meditation, but includes some “tips” along with sort of a theoretical approach to the how, when, why, and what of contemplative meditation. The word contemplation is itself somewhat problematical, according to Thomas Merton: Merton is the perfect remedy for folks who live seess their heads like me.

When the soul is in a place of transitioning I began reading this book incompleting it perhaps a year later. May 26, Ashley rated it really liked it. Merton wrote this book in at age 24, the year he was planning to become a Franciscan monk. An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. I will hear Your voice and I will hear all harmonies You have created, singing Your hymns. Parts of it were like the best thing I ever read.

Book Review: “New Seeds of Contemplation” by Thomas Merton

I particularly liked Merton’s view of work and his take on the early chapters of Genesis. Seeds is a powerful Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

References to this book Changing by Design: Written when he was still relatively young, it should not be thought of contemplwtion the work of a neophyte contemplative. Peace be with you.

Perhaps that’s pa I’m not Catholic, but I was very intrigued and often convinced by Merton’s writing of the mystical. For a few years, I fostered a very robust fascination with Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk who was a prolific ghomas. The soul must soak in the brine until it has become contemmplation impregnated with its qualities.

It reads like one long prayer, which is lovely. As a Catholic I had some passing knowledge of Merton, but I had not read anything he had written. Set me free from the laziness that goes about disguised as activity when activity is not required of me, and from the cowardice that does what is not demanded, in order to escape sacrifice.

He is maybe easier than Chesterton but difficult in other ways. In this seminal work, the semimodern sage explores the theme of contemplation while embracing the paradox that nothing definite can be said about contemplation.


I’ll be contemplating these beautiful ideas for a while.

New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

Start reading New Seeds of Contemplation on your Kindle in under a minute. To ask other readers thomws about New Seeds of Contemplationplease sign up. I found these very inspiring and excellent for meditation. A Perspective from a Recent Participant.

Merton is writing on a different level of spiritual connection with the Di Over the last few years, I have found it beneficial to include reading a bit from different spiritual masters each day. And it is interspersed with topics for deep reflection and practical tips for dealing with obstacles in one’s prayer life. Stamp out the serpent envy that contemplattion love with poison and kills all joy.

A dialogue of deep wills. I also liked what he said about play in nw last chapter. I acknowledge that Thomas Merton probably had a true connection to God, that he was a holy man who by all accounts walked the walk as well as talked the talk.

In this series of short, interconnected essays, Merton takes on all comers, from over-earnest monks to the vagaries of the modern business world, and he is a compelling advocate for a life spent in earnest contemplation of God. His view of God is truly humbling, putting man in his place of profound ignorance when it comes to ‘knowing’ God. Merton has the gift of being able to challenge the stability that so many of us cling to. Just finished listening to this great audiobook. We are called to be in the world and not of the world.