Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton

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    Facilitated by Fr. Garry Richmeier C.PP.S.

    The American Trappist monk Thomas Merton said that “if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear God’s call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance.”

    Take a journey with Merton toward spiritual transformation and a more contemplative, peace-filled life. Over five sessions you will learn from Merton about contemplatively living through prayers, readings from Merton and other spiritual masters, along with questions for small group dialogue.

    • In person and via Zoom.
    • Thursdays 6:45-8:30 p.m. central time
    • Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 13, 27; Nov. 10
    • Please reserve your space by Sept. 12.

    We will be using the booklet “Adjusting Your Life’s Vision” from Ave Maria Press. We are working to obtain copies of this booklet that participants can pick up at the Renewal Center. If you want to purchase it online, it appears not to be available directly from the publisher at this time. You might try other book outlets. The booklet does seem to be available from Check out this page.

    If you need assistance purchasing the book, contact the organizers at

    Thomas Merton was a monk, poet and social activist. He entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky in December 1941 at age 26 and lived there until his death in 1968.

    “We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through it all the time. … When we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it … this is what we are for.”

    — Thomas Merton