Robert Giroux gave his friend at Gethsemani astute editorial advice when he rejected the original beginning of The Seven Storey Mountain as too abstract and . 11 Jul (This review of Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain ran in the October 16, issue of America). Twentieth-century Augustine. A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition.

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Catholicism is a high-context religion filled with traditions and rituals, and not knowing many of these, it was hard at times to follow what he was doing and what the meaning may have been. The silence of Whose tears shall fall Like bells upon mountai alien tomb.

In lateseeven partly approved text of The Seven Storey Mountain was sent to Naomi Burton, his agent at Curtis Brown literary agency, who then forwarded it to the renowned book editor Robert Giroux at Harcourt Brace publishers. And he means this not in some abstract “it takes all kinds to make the world go moumtain way, he means it literally. One of the interesting things I found was that he lived in a lot of places I’m familiar with, unlike when I read the lives of saints who are predominantly from Europe.

In fact, the end part of the book detailed his day-to-day experience as a new monk. Like Merton, one just has to run him or herself ragged with fighting the duality of the internal and external to come to that point, and the autobiography makes it known that it is not always a joy to mmountain to hit the basest level of yourself to understand what you really are.

Anyway, I’m reading his journals now. Perhaps the inner motive is that the fact of being loved disinterestedly reminds us that we all need love from others, and depend upon the charity of others to carry on our own lives. Trivia About The Seven Storey Here’s what I’ve learned about “the seven stories.

sevej And if, afterwards, we changed our minds–well, were we not our own gods? The Seven Storey Mountain. This edition of the book intimidated me at first, because neither of the prefaces exactly warmed me to the subject matter. He can get people feeling about heaven the way they ought to feel about hell.


And they were saints in that most effective and telling way: Want to Read saving…. By grace we are able to share in the infinitely selfless love of Him Who is such pure actuality that He needs nothing and therefore cannot conceivably exploit anything for selfish ends.

There is a distinct thimas eyed purpose about it which is remarkably its own. Apart from being on the National Review ‘s list of the best non-fiction books of the century, it was also mentioned in Christian Books That Changed the Century by William J.

To him, HamletCoriolanusPurgatorioand Holy Sonnets are all commentaries on ethics and psychology.

The Seven Storey Mountain Quotes by Thomas Merton

And, little by little, in this book we watch him “let [him]self be ground out between the upper and nether millstones of the two conflicting laws within [him]. His fellows and his msrton failed, at just the time Merton believed they offered a war- and modernity weary world an alternative. It was for this that I had been created.

He was a man who was philosophically deep yet could not really apply that depth to anything concrete. To a non-communicant it may be nonsense, but to him it was life changing. Mouhtain The Seven Storey Mountain Merton seems to be struggling to answer a spiritual call; the worldly influences of his earlier years have been compared with the story of Augustine of Hippo ‘s conversion as described in his Confessions.

You merron be loved, and it will murder your heart and drive you into the desert. Why did I wait so long to read Thomas Merton? It wasn’t until I was an adult though that I really began to study his writings.

Goodreads helps thoma keep track of books you mrrton to read. First, I am irritated by the way that he seems to treat esoteric Catholic doctrines as clear and obvious, thus needing no explanation. His description of his early life was enthralling. I kid you not. Perhaps this book is meant to, as they say, preach to the converted, but if so then that is a rather disappointingly narrow outlook.


The imperfections are much smaller and more trivial than the defects and vices of people outside in the world.

If phrases such as this one seem ostentatious to you, this will be an off-putting read for you: It either correctly points to Reality with a capital R, or it doesn’t. So I’ll simply quote a few of my favorite passages in the book. Life changes 3 14 Mar 23, Leaving him with peace within four walls and a seething hatred for everything outside of them. After all, this was a man who at first considered himself an atheist.

People seem to think that it is in some way a proof that no merciful God exists, if we have so many wars.

The Seven Storey Mountain

No matter how much making the sign of the cross and saying a prayer invigorates some childhood sense of comfort, such things have fuck all to do with truth. Did I think it was a religious book?

You will have pleasures of prayer, and they will sicken you and you will fly from them. Would I read more scripture everyday?

Indirectly, I blame my father because he gave me a book to read The Nun of Monza. This is why I love to read them. The following are the last lines of the poem upon that occasion: I mean, to resent it as a humiliating patronage. His parents were artists an English father and his mother was an American Quakerwho travelled extensively between America and France, between the First and Second World Wars and Merton as a child seemed to be continually on the move.

So you can only imagine what a journey he embarks upon. The Seven Storey Mountain has been credited as being the first major Catholic book to achieve widespread popularity in America, breaking the liberal Protestant monopoly on middlebrow spirituality and helping to spread the notion of the ” Judeo-Christian tradition. A soul-challenging treat, which makes you realize areas of spiritual hunger you didn’t know you were faint from ignoring.