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“Thomas Merton & Mary Oliver: Mentors for Entering the School of Our Lives” with Jonathan Montaldo

  • All Saints Church, Pasadena 132 North Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA, 91101 United States (map)


We will ruminate in common upon Merton's teaching a way of prayer for making an index for your spiritual autobiography, a way of praying he taught his novices that resonates with Ignatius of Loyola’s Contemplatio ad Amorem and Buddhist Metta, loving-kindness, meditation.

Mary Oliver's poems instigate a way of praying with our bodies at attention to finding God in all our life's things. Our work, she wrote, is "loving the world."

We shall develop exercises for us and our spiritual directees to pray, as Merton taught, "out of the roots of our own lives."


The cost for this retreat is $68 ($78 with lunch).

Register before February 14, 2020 for a $10 discount!


About Our Presenter

Jonathan Montaldo has edited or co-edited many volumes of Thomas Merton's work including The Intimate Merton, Dialogues with Silence, A Year with Thomas Merton, and Choosing to Love the World. He created the ten-volume series for small group dialogue, Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton. He has read six audio books by Thomas Merton. He presents retreats and publishes internationally.

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