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081120099X
Author:
Thomas Merton
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New Directions; Revised edition (1972)
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New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our spiritual lives. For Father Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.

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Compiles the trappist monk's meditations and reflections on Christ, self, love, and life
  • Perius
I would say that is Merton's best work, which is basically Seeds of Contemplation updated. Merton also explains the reason for the update in the beginning. Written while in solitude, it reflects personal change that he had to deal with. As John Henry Newman said, "To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often." This, Merton had to do. This Merton suggests as the path for each of us. The book is a prayerful study about life and must be treated as such. Slowly, Merton instructs, clarifies and challenges us, chapter after chapter to focus on the real world we cannot see. He insists, "Every movement of my own natural appetite, even though my nature is good in itself, tends in one way or another to keep alive in me the illusion that is opposed to God's reality living within me." By themselves, the focus can only be on "the one I cannot be, the false-self in me, the person that God does not know." As the chapter heading says, we must "pray for our own discovery."

A great resource to accompany this book is given to us by James Finley, a former monk at Gethsemane at the time Merton was there, and from whom he received frequent Spiritual Direction. In his talks that come to us in the series, Thomas Merton's Path to the Palace of Nowhere, Finley gives first-hand knowledge of the value of Merton's instruction as well as a comprehensive plan and purpose of using such a book like this and the scope of what it entails, like a journal of thoughts: forming a meditative exercise taken from that which is derived from reading and reflecting on Merton’s words. What he's saying is: take a year to reflect on Merton's thought. Journal it as you go. Do it again the next year or so. Compare the journals and examine your new understanding derived from another reading. Keep doing this. You can spend a life-time with it! You can continue to grow with it! I believe the substance of what he offers here is found also in his book, Merton's Palace of Nowhere. I am not sure. I have bought the book, but have not spent much time with it yet.

Similarly, I mention that in the Introduction of the book Humility Of Heart by Father Cajetan Mary da Bergamo, it talks about the advantage of using any great book for two or three years as a meditation book. The human mind can be so distracted or unstable at times and can need more time than we imagine to be able to grasp great truths and ideas and integrate them practically into our everyday lives. The suggestion that two or three years spent with the works of a great Master, digesting it fully but little by little, should not seem out of the question. And so, I apply the advice given there to this work of Merton, that "We never get a proper hold of a great spiritual doctrine until we have lived in it and been saturated by it. The soul must soak in the brine until it has become wholly impregnated with its qualities." It is a good teaching from which we can all learn. Merton has provided the brine. We must soak in it.

In the Spiritual Life, the goal is always God: God possessing us and us possessing God. This means there's a lot in our lives that must undergo scrutiny. This means that there are things that should or must be eliminated. In the process, there are things that must be gained. This has to include sanctification, the path the saints travelled. Merton tells us, "for me, to be a saint is to be myself." That is a long path for most of us. Therefore, sanctity is "finding out who I am and of discovering my true self." So, to reach the point where we seek the ultimate goal of life, means to have or find and enter a complex path which Merton calls "Integrity" and explains, "In order to become myself I must cease to be what I always thought I wanted to be, and in order to find myself I must go out of myself, and in order to live I have to die," not much different from what Jesus tells us in the gospel, "For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?" (Mt 16:25-26). All of this takes time! We must give it the time it deserves. Merton will teach us, slowly! He will give us the principles we need to live this out. The most significant gem that I have found in this book is under the heading of "Mental Prayer." It's worth making a copy of the few pages and carrying around with us. It's food and instruction that we can never tire of receiving. It's something that, even when we are sure what he is saying there, it is worth going back to many times throughout the year.

Maybe two or three years are not enough! Maybe there are things that each of us can find in this great work that we must spend a life with! That's what Finley suggests!
  • Qulcelat
The content of this book has overwhelmed me again and again, and it’s hard to believe that Thomas Merton had the maturity and knowledge, while he was in his twenties, to write such an amazing work. For a twenty something to have such a vast vocabulary is quite an accomplishment. This book inspires the reader to question his or her own opinions and level of spiritual commitment to his or her faith, but Merton has beliefs and understandings about his Catholic faith that I didn’t agree with and seems too extreme even for someone who lives in a monastic society.

This book does not compare to his book “The Seven Story Mountain.” I felt The Seven Story Mountain was an inspiring work that was easy to read, and I just loved that book and it inspired me to read this book.

But, I found the content of this book to be convoluted and difficult to follow at times. On many occasions, Merton would go on and on about a particular topic, he felt strongly about, and that became very tiresome, but keep in mind that Thomas Merton was a young writer, when he wrote this book, so that might explain why so much of this book was long winded. I also felt Merton was a bit angry or disappointed with the church’s understanding or perceptions of a contemplative life, and he had an axe to grind.

I think Thomas Merton is a true scholar and has a lot of work that is stellar, so I would encourage people to look at some of his other books.
  • Nahn
Merton is articulate - that was evident and well done. The book left me disappointed. The picture of the contemplative and man's true identity are an ideal far removed and out of reach for the ordinary person. If his ideas are correct as they very well may be, there is lingering gap in the "How To" in this work and so so many contemporary works, movements and ideas. After reading this, it is very clear that I do not posses the willingness to self-discipline myself into the mystical union of God as Man. Merton also makes clear that this union with God is at the apex, a measure of grace that is therefore initiated by God for the person seeking Him. I was left feeling once again that a beautiful ideal is not to be experienced by the ordinary person. The core ideas make sense and coupled with similar contemporary readings and practices will at the lease attempt to congeal the general idea that we are all one and we are all an expression of God.
  • cyrexoff
A 20th Century Christian mystic, Thomas Merton is far and away one of my favorite authors. Although I haven't read all his books yet, New Seeds of Contemplation is in my mind his greatest work. Without a doubt a modern spiritual classic.

The depth of Merton's spiritual understanding is difficult to grasp. His words are soothing as a pool of cool water. I want to swim in them for hours.
"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love." ~ Thomas Merton
In New Seeds of Contemplation Merton takes us to deeper levels in our spiritual walk, teaching us about faith and humility, thoughtfully helping us to find our true identity in Christ. If you are on a serious spiritual growth path, seeking a clearer understanding of your relationship to God, this is the book for you.

My feeble words fail when trying to describe the magnificence of Thomas Merton's writing. Poetic, transcending, life-changing, mesmerizing, core-cutting, astounding, incredibly perfect, a true gift from God. It leaves me almost breathless... Always wanting more.

The highest of recommendations from my bookshelf. READ THIS BOOK!