This short video was the  invitation to attend an all-day workshop on the wisdom of Thomas Merton to be held on February 28, 2015 in Merritt Island, Florida.

We’re living in a cultural moment of deadening and draining conditions that frustrates our desires for the healing silence of real life. We find ourselves too often shortchanging our lives in commotion when what we really want is to live our lives in communion with one another and the Source of Life itself.

What would Thomas Merton’s advice be to us today as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth? We will identify the commotion that so marks our cultural moment in time and then move to consider the life and writings of Thomas Merton in response. As a spiritual guide, Merton offers invaluable counsel regarding the significance of contemplative prayer, not just to quell our anxious souls but to invigorate them.

The thrust of the day-long workshop was to encourage the acceptance of this dare: to run the risk of withdrawing from the commotion and embracing, instead, Merton’s beautiful challenge of taking up the long art of contemplation and its promise to open as well as transform our lives.

Dr. Matthews is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Memphis. He has served the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS) as a member of the Board of Directors, membership committee, site coordinator for the 2007 ITMS conference of Memphis, coordinator of the Memphis ITMS Chapter, and immediate past co-editor of The Merton Annual and has published articles in the Merton Annual and Merton Seasonal. He is also a member of the Lay Cistercians of Gethsemani.

Thomas Merton:
The Commotion and the Long Art of Contemplation
Presented by Gray Matthews, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Divine Mercy Catholic Church
Social Hall
1940 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Recordings of the Event

Gray Matthews Part 1  (available soon)

 

Gray Matthews Part 2