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Making the Insights of Thomas Merton Accessible

April 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thomas Merton

Making Thomas Merton’s Insights on Contemplation and the True Self Accessible

3 conferences:

  1. Merton’s Spirituality: Whatever I may have written, I think all can be reduced in the end to this one truth, that God calls human persons to union with Himself and with one another in Christ…
  2. What Contemplation Is and Is Not: Contemplation… is life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive.
  3. The True Self:  If I find  Him (God) I will find myself and if I find my True Self I will find Him.

Description:  Thomas Merton is one of the most important spiritual writers, teachers, and prophets of modern times.  Merton’s Christian Contemplative spirituality was grounded in his formal Religious studies as well as his experience of living his Trappist Monastic vocation for 27 years.  Merton’s writings were an expression of his spirituality and through those writings, he initiated the recovery of the Christian Contemplative heritage, he enlightened and supported several movements concerned with the welfare of the modern Human Community and provided a foundation for Interreligous Dialogue and Understanding.

This workshop makes the core of Thomas Merton’s Christian spirituality accessible. Participants will get an understanding of  Merton’s spirituality with a particular focus on its foundational elements of Contemplation and the True Self.  The objective of the workshop is that those participating will begin to see how Merton’s insights may apply to their own spiritual lives.

Presenter: A few years ago Mike Smoolca retired from a nearly 30-year career in Business and Technology to focus on deepening his relationships, spirituality, teaching, and service to others. Mike is a practicing Spiritual Director, a leader in the area’s Christian Contemplative Community and active in several ministries in his parish, St Mary’s in Simsbury, CT.

Mike is the coordinator of the North-Central CT Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. He has been reading Thomas Merton for over 10 years and continues to Merton’s insights to his own Spiritual Journey. Mike’s been presenting Thomas Merton programs since 2013.  He is a Commissioned Presenter of Centering Prayer, the Chapter Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach of Connecticut and a member of Contemplative Outreach of Boston’s leadership team.  He is an experienced contemplative group and workshop facilitator and dedicated student of Contemplative spirituality and practices.

Register for this program using the form below or download: Making the Insights of Thomas Merton Accessible


April 25, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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