When the World’s Burning, Who Needs Poetry?

An endorsement blurb from Johnny Cash graces the back side of “Nashville Skyline,” Bob Dylan’s 1969 album recorded in Music City. “Here-in is a hell of a poet,” said Cash, as reported by Robert Hudson in his book, “The Monk’s...

Pope Calls Attention to Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton

True to form, Pope Francis demonstrated humility in his way of interacting with all people, not only those in secular or sacred halls of power, during his trip to the U.S. last week. A pontiff who prefers to eat with the homeless rather than national leaders is a...

Why You Should Read Thomas Merton’s Autobiography

The death of the famous Trappist monk Thomas Merton on Dec. 10, 1968, was tragic. Born in 1915, Merton had gone to Thailand for an interfaith conference between Catholic and non-Christian monks, a meeting held in a Red Cross Conference Center in a suburb of Bangkok....