Just For the Record
Pope Francis on Thomas Merton in his address to Congress: "...he was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church....also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions."
"An old friend says that Merton and (Robert) Lax remained the most childish men he'd ever met, right to the day of Merton's death."---from Wilfrid Sheed's THE GOOD WORD & Other Words, E.P. Dutton, 1978
"Oh, I met Merton; he's a prima donna." ---Psychiatrist Gregory Zilborg in a conversation with Robert Steed in 1959.