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Upcoming Zoom Programs:
“The Gospel of Peace: Matthew, Mark and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence.” A Three Week Lenten Series with John Dear
Wed., Feb 21, 2024. Session #1 on Matthew
Wed., Feb 28, 2024. Session #2 on Mark
Wed., March 6, 2024. Session #3 on Luke
4 PM Pacific, 5 PM Mountain, 6 PM Central, 7 PM Eastern
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“The Gospel of Peace:
Reading Matthew, Mark & Luke
from the Perspective of Nonviolence”
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Quote for the Day:
“Blessed are the meek [the nonviolent]; they will inherit the earth… Blessed are the peacemakers; they will be called the sons and daughters of God… You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ but I say to you, offer no violent resistance to one who does evil… Love your enemies.”
–Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 5)
Quote for the Day:
“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world.”
November 27, 2023
Dear Friends, Blessings of Christ’s peace to you!
As we start the holy season of advent, I thought we could turn to Thomas Merton, the great monk, contemplative, author, and teacher, for wisdom to help us prepare anew for the coming of the nonviolent Jesus in 2024. For me, there is no greater Merton scholar than my friend Jonathan Montaldo, who will reflect with us on “Thomas Merton’s Advent Message of Peace, Prayer, & Hope” on Saturday, December 9th. Join us and be inspired!
Jonathan Montaldo is a writer, editor, and retreat presenter. He served as director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, the official archive, from 1998 -2001. He was Associate Director (2006-2009) for the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living in Louisville, for which he created “Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton,” a ten-booklet resource for small group dialogue. He served also as the director of Bethany Spring, the Merton Institute’s Retreat Center one mile from Merton’s Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey.
He edited “A Year with Thomas Merton;” “Dialogues with Silence: Merton’s Prayers & Drawings;” “Choosing to Love the World,” and “Thomas Merton in His Own Words.” He was principal editor of “The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals” with Br. Patrick Hart of Gethsemani. He edited the second volume of Merton’s private journals, published in seven volumes by Harper Collins, under the title “Entering the Silence (1945-1959).”