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The Parish Book Club meets every second Monday of the month
from 7 pm – 8:30 pm
at the one story conference center.
When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us. ~St. Jerome
In The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton reflects on his early life and on the quest for faith in God that led to his conversion to Roman Catholicism at age 23. Upon his conversion, Merton left a promising literary career, resigned his position as a teacher of English literature at St. Bonaventure’s College in Olean, New York, and entered The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in rural Kentucky. Describing his entry, Merton writes, “Brother Matthew locked the gate behind me, and I was enclosed in the four walls of my new freedom.” Later, Dom Frederic Dunne, the abbot at the Abbey, who had received him as a novice, suggested that Merton write out his life story, which he reluctantly began, but once he did, it started “pouring out”. Soon he was filling up his journals with the work that led to the book which Time Magazine later described as having “…redefined the image of monasticism and made the concept of saintliness accessible to moderns.”
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