Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton, Session 3

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    Join us for this ongoing series!

    Take a journey with Trappist Monk Thomas Merton toward spiritual transformation and a more contemplative, peace-filled life. As a guide we will use “Living Your Deepest Desire,” booklet three in the series Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton from the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living.

    You can join us even if you haven’t read Books 1 and 2. Though this is a series of eight booklets, each booklet stands alone.

    We will learn to utilize our own life experiences as the primary tool for spiritual growth. The weekly sessions point us in the end to embrace our deep connections with all of creation through the God who made us.

    Over eight sessions we will learn from Merton about contemplatively living through prayers, readings from Merton and other spiritual masters, along with questions for small group dialogue.

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

    • In person and via Zoom.
    • Mondays 6:30-8 p.m. central time
    • April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20
    • Please reserve your space by March 29.


    $10 per session. Pay what you can. No one will be turned away. You can make an offering at the time of registration or the day you visit the Renewal Center.

    A bulk order for booklets will be placed on March 18. If you order a booklet through us, the cost will be $5.95 plus shared postage (about $1.50). If you order a booklet through us, you will need to pick it up at the Renewal Center. If you need assistance purchasing the booklet, contact the organizers at

    Or you can order the booklet online at We will be reading the third booklet in the series, “Living Your Deepest Desires.”

    The booklets we are using, the latest editions. are significantly different from earlier editions. If you have an older version of the booklets in the series, published before 2010, you may have difficulty following the group readings and discussion questions.

    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

    Booklet three in the series Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton from the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living
    American Trappist monk Thomas Merton