Merton and the Spanish Carmelites

Cristóbal Serrán-Pagán is currently an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Valdosta State University. He is the onsite coordinator for the Daggy Program.

He’ll be presenting a paper at the ITMS General Meeting in Chicago entitled, Merton’s Ruminations on the Spanish Carmelite Tradition: Cultivating Gardens in the Desert and Spiritual Deserts in the City.

As he puts it, “This paper examines Merton’s thoughts on key aspects of the mystical language of the desert and of the city in the Carmelite tradition and how these thoughts impacted Merton as a Trappist. Both Merton and Teresa stress the need for a final integration between solitude and solidarity in Christian spirituality.”


About doyoureadthomasmerton

Bob Grip was the Program Chair of the International Thomas Merton Society General Meeting at Sacred Heart University in 2013.
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