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January 19th, 2011
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Thomas Merton & The Catholic Worker
"The Alumni Hall was full of lights. It was not the night for movies. There was some speaker there. I had not paid much attention to the list of speakers that had been invited to come...I knew there would be one from The Catholic Worker"...----(from THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN, Harcourt, Brace & Co.1948)

Concerning nuclear war: "However, it is consoling that there is at least a minority that is waking up and beginning to react. Mostly among non-Catholics, but also among a few chosen Catholics, Of course, Dorothy Day, and The Catholic Worker, whom everybody dismisses with a shrug of the shoulders."----from THE COURAGE FOR TRUTH: Letters to Writers, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY 1993)

"...I have the greatest sympathy for the rough and tumble peace movement with its all kinds of wacky people. They are certainly not saints and some of them think themselves atheists. They are not leading what we would call good lives.,,,God alone knows what he means to do through these people.
And He knows too that they are not easy to handle or to live with, for Dorothy Day has had her share of difficulty with them"----(from THE HIDDEN GROUND OF LOVE: Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY, 1985)

"To me The Catholic Worker stands for something absolutely unique and alive in the American Church. It would be hard to put into words how much it means to me, for so many personal reasons: it stands for my own youth and for the kind of influences that shaped by own life thirty years ago." (from THE HIDDEN GROUND OF LOVE: Letter to Dorothy Day)

"Feb. 10, 1966----Ammon Hennacy writes that he is coming to Kentucky and wants to visit but I don't think it will be possible."---LEARNING TO LOVE, Journals of TM, Vol 6, HarperSanFrancisco, 1977

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