Principal architects of our spiritual wisdom: Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen

Michael W. Higgins

This is the first of two articles on Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen which? explore some of the commonalities to be found in their work as spiritual diarists. The focus of this article is on Thomas Merton. Michael W. Higgins is Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity and Professor of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

The British professor emerita and authority on spirituality, Ursula King, in The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for a Spiritual Life notes:
Our image-soaked and information-drenched society can be experienced as a total spiritual wasteland. But its haunting emptiness and superficiality, its frequent lack of substance and depth, is not always totally wasteful, for it also carries fertile soil for new growth. Many contemporaries, bereft of traditional identities, experience the world as a wilderness where firm ground seems lost, and no well-trodden paths can be trusted.

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