The Ground of Love and Truth: Reflections on Thomas Merton's relationship with the woman known as “M”

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Reflections on Thomas Merton's relationship with the woman known as “M”

What does it mean to love? Thomas Merton believed he knew. Then, he met "M."

Two years before his death in a bizarre accident in December of 1968, Trappist monk Thomas Merton engaged in a loving relationship with Margie, a young nurse about twenty-five years his junior, whom he referred to in his journal only as “M.” Suzanne Zuercher, author of Merton, An Enneagram Profile, and a respected psychologist and spiritual director, uses Merton's own writings to analyze the nature of this relationship, what it taught Merton about being truly human, and what it meant to his vocation as a monk and mystic.

One of the author's unique techniques is to imagine a poem at the beginning of each reflection that "Merton might have written" as a way to enter more completely into the thoughts and feelings of the spiritual master.

Read Mary K. Doyle's blog post about this book, "Forbidden or Real Love."

Read by Fran Salone-Pelletier's blog post about this book, "Both Terrifying and Tender."

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: AP2003
Dimensions: 5.4" x 8.4"
Length: 120 pages
Publisher:
ACTA Publications
ISBN: 978-0-87946-997-9
Written by Suzanne Zuercher, OSB