Who was Thomas Merton and why is he even more popular now than when he died in 1968? Part of the answer is his articulation of salvation as “discovering your true self.” And no one better to help us explore his work and witness than Franciscan friar and theological writer Dan Horan, who visits All Saints to conduct an Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The theme of this Advent “quiet day” centers on the contemporary relevance, insight, and inspiration of Thomas Merton, the renowned American author and Trappist Monk. In his address to a joint session of Congress, Pope Francis recognized Merton as a “source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people,” praising Merton as “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.” $10 registration fee.
Horan will also speak in the Rector’s Forum at 10:15 a.m. and preach at 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 20. His focus in the Forum will be: “The Lifelong Journey of Discovering God and Ourselves: Thomas Merton and the True Self”– an exploration of one of Thomas Merton’s most significant contributions to the Christian spiritual tradition: the True Self. He will look at some of the key influences behind Merton’s great insight, especially that of Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition.
For more information on the Quiet Day contact Jamie Hebert at (626) 583-2733. All Saints Church is located at 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, across Euclid from Pasadena City Hall.