On Retreat with Thomas Merton by M. Basil Pennington
Thomas Merton, Trappist monk and priest, is recognized as one of the major spiritual fathers of our times. His life has become somehow a model of the spiritual quest, His longing for silence and solitude, his journey across religious traditions, culture, and disciplines, make him a man for all times but especially our own.
Fellow Cistercian monk, Father Basil Pennington, while writing a biography of his friend Thomas Merton, went on retreat to Merton's monastery Gethesemane Abbey. There he lived in the hermitage where Merton spent his final years. He wrote this book there. Father Basil provides us with a day to day living with Merton, and opens us to Merton's unique experience of God. He reveals the intimate details of Merton's lasts days and offers spiritual guidance in knowing him. This is a book for each of us to have a retreat with Thomas Merton as our companion, and to share something of his spirit as we, too, seek the kingdom of God within.