Friday, December 12, 2008

Something understood

December 10th was the fortieth anniversary of the untimely death of Thomas Merton. This photograph of Merton with the Dalai Lama accompanies an article in the Catholic Register and there are many more tributes to be found via your search engine.

The BBC Radio 4 programme Something Understood on Sunday 14 December will feature the Archbishop of Canterbury talking about Merton: The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams talks to Mike Wooldridge about the influential Trappist monk and activist Thomas Merton, who died 40 years ago. He discusses his fascination with this complex and passionate man, who combined a lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church with an increasing openness to the needs of the modern world and to the wisdom of the East.

The programme will be broadcast at 06:05 and again at 23:30 and you will be able to find it on the Listen Again page later in the week.


  1. Thanks for the information on this, Something Understood is often a really interesting listen and I'd have missed this one.

  2. I'm quite pleased to have got there first, for a change, Val. I'm sure it will be very interesting.

  3. Thank you, M - and even more for introducing me to the work of Thomas Merton in the first place.

  4. My pleasure, D. I recognised that Merton would suit you, especially his later writings which show the influence of the East.


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