Living Your Deepest Desires

Living Your Deepest Desires


Author: The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living
Publisher: Ave Maria
ISBN: 9781594712371
Format: Paperback
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Merton believed that for all of us our deepest desire is for loving communion with God and so with all of creation. Living Your Deepest Desires helps participants to discover for themselves just what this means.

The Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton series invites users to personal spiritual transformation for the sake of a more just and peaceful world. Each eight-session booklet offers an introduction to Merton and contemplative living, prayers, readings from Merton and other spiritual writers, and questions for dialogue.


The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living is a non-profit organization whose mission is to awaken interest in contemplative living through the works of Thomas Merton thereby promoting Merton’s vision for a just and peaceful world.

Robert G. Toth has served as the executive director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living since 1998. He is the editor of the Contemplation and Action newsletter and wrote the foreword to Thomas Merton: An Introduction by William H. Shannon.

Jonathan Montaldo is the former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. He edited Entering the Silence, the Merton Journals, Volume 2(1996) and The Intimate Merton: His Life from His Journals (1999) with Br. Patrick Hart. He published Dialogues with Silence: Thomas Merton’s Prayers & Drawings (2001); Merton & Hesychasm: The Prayer of the Heart (2003) and wrote the introduction to The Landscape of Contemplation: A Pilgrimage to Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani.


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