REFLECTION: Thomas Merton’s call for peace

by Rev. John Dear This weekend five hundred of us are gathering in Louisville, Kentucky, to celebrate the one hundredth birthday this year of Thomas Merton, one of the great peacemakers and spiritual teachers of our time. Born in 1915, Merton entered the Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky in 1941, and … Continue reading REFLECTION: Thomas Merton’s call for peace

REFLECTION: A Baltimorean reflects on the Baltimore riots

by Tony Magliano “The God of peace is never glorified by human violence,” wrote the famous Trappist monk Thomas Merton. Whether it’s on an individual, city, national, or international level, violence always dishonors God, and makes bad situations worse. The recent Baltimore City riots were no exception: people were injured, neighborhood stores were burned, and … Continue reading REFLECTION: A Baltimorean reflects on the Baltimore riots