Item 19 - Thomas Merton celebration

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CA ON00389 1-1-2-159-1-19


Thomas Merton celebration


  • December 1978 (Creation)

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16 p. of textual records

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Item consists of multiple manuscripts and typescripts of "Thomas Merton Celebration", a talk given by Nouwen at St. Paul's Church, Columbia University, for the 10th Anniversary of Merton's death on December 10, 1978. Nouwen comments on Merton's idea that there are two illusions that deceive us: that we can know ourselves, and that we can know God. Instead, Nouwen argues that we are called to be seers, contemplatives. As the illusions are unmasked, we are free and open to see the newness and surprise of God and then we are willing to help hasten the coming of the day of the Lord. To do so we need to practice repentance and gratitude.

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Draft contains annotation: "triple space rough draft David" (p. 80; top, centre.
Found on pages 80-94.

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2000 02


Box 37

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69-457A-17 ; 1-4A

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