Lecture on Thomas Merton and Contemplation

March 6, 2017

Thomas Merton and Contemplation
Clare Ronzani

Monday, March 6 at 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sudhana Center Chan Hall
225 S Hope St
Ukiah, CA 95482

The legacy of Thomas Merton, 20th century Christian monk, mystic and prophet, continues to live on in the 21st century.  Foundational to Merton’s legacy is his understanding of and teaching about contemplation.  This presentation will explore the relationship between contemplation, silence and solitude with reference to Merton’s understanding of the true self.   It will identify a key turning point in Merton’s life that deepened his understanding of the contemplative life and will include a look at Merton’s inner/outer journey to the East.  Merton’s question: “Can contemplation still find a place in the world of technology and conflict which is ours?” will help to set the context for the evening.  The format will include lecture and reflection/meditation.

Clare Ronzani has been an explorer of Thomas Merton’s spirituality for over thirty years, with a particular interest in the contemplative and prophetic dimensions of his vision.  She teaches at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and has served as the director of Spiritual Formation at the Franciscan School of Theology. In addition she served as director of the weekend master’s program in creation spirituality at Naropa University Oakland.  Along with her teaching, Clare also offers retreats, workshops and spiritual direction.