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In late 1993, Michael Toms made a "pilgrimage" to the hermitage of Thomas Merton at the Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. This is a recording of his visit with Ron Seitz, who was a young poet when he befriended and was mentored by Merton. Here Seitz offers memories and insight from the life of the brilliant Trappist monk, spiritual teacher, and author of many books including the classic, Seven Storey Mountain. Drawing on voluminous personal recollections and journal notes, Seitz gives us a fresh view of little-known sides of Merton as a "man in the modern world" - an uncommonly human person with deeply felt joy, loneliness, sensuality and humor. Just hearing about this extraordinary man's life makes you feel grateful to be alive. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 12/8/1993 Program Number: 2448
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