Thomas Merton

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Fr Tony Coote’s coffin is carried out of the Church of St Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Co Dublin, at his funeral Mass. Photograph: Tom Honan

David Coote wanted people to know that his brother Fr Tony Coote died peacefully, 18 months after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. “He was(...)

Dr Anne Looney of DCU’s institute of education, author Roddy Doyle and DCU president Brian MacCraith at the launch of the university’s partnership with Fighting Words. Photo: Rosa Devine

A new partnership between Fighting Words and Dublin City University’s institute of education aims to help ensure children’s creativity is not stifled (...)

Be proactive in your personal relationships and attend to them

No man is an island – Thomas Merton Our mental health and personal well being are tied up in the quality of our personal relationships. The more clo(...)

Dr. Huiyi Bao, Lecturer, Department of English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. PhD., School of English, Drama & Film, University College

Fudan University in Shanghai is one of the busiest student campuses on the planet. It has some 45,000 students who study everything from business and(...)

John Cooney: “In the light of the astonishing failure of writers to examine seriously the suicide possibility, my conclusion, therefore, is that Merton regretted giving up Margie and was so eaten with remorse that she had married someone else, he no longer felt it worthwhile living”

In 1965, aged 50, Thomas Merton became the first ever hermit of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, which had been founded by French C(...)

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968) in 1938. In 1942 he became a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, continuing to publish his writing until his death from an accidental electric shock in Bangkok. Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

If a modern-day King Solomon were asked to arbitrate on the nationality of Thomas Merton – poet, spiritual writer, diarist, jazz buff, pioneer of i(...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

Crime writer Ken Bruen photographed in his native Galway city in 2003. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The story has been told before but deserves another airing. One evening, close on 30 years ago for us, herself and myself were in the Galway Arms, a g(...)

 ‘Influenced by Zen and eastern spirituality, Thomas Merton defined contemplation as seeking God, coming to know one’s true self, and learning one’s relationship to the world. He regarded contemplation as the highest form of awareness.’  Photograph:  Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Seven Storey Mountain, which recounts Thomas Merton’s spiritual odyssey from disbelief to faith, opens: “On the last day of January 1915, in a yea(...)

How would Merton have responded to radical Islam? Above, a protest against the attack on Charlie Hebdo

Prayer or contemplation can seem like a very weak response to today’s social ills. In the wake of the Islamist terrorist attack on France, there’s (...)

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