I’m looking forward to the community’s annual retreat this week in a special way because it focuses on Thomas Merton. And, as I’ve written before, I’m a Merton groupie. Bonnie Bowman Thurston, author and poet, is leading the 5-day retreat that she titled, “Thomas Merton on Monastic Life: Shaped by the End You Live For.”
The three sisters who live on our inner-city block prepared community prayer for the day she explores the monk’s relationship to the world. What exactly is the monastic call to fuga mundi: flight from the world?