Thomas Merton to John Harris

Fiona Gardner is a writer, academic supervisor and spiritual director. She is co-editor of The Merton Journal, ex-chair of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland and an ITMS International adviser.

Her presentation is, ‘ “You are you” that is the most important thing….everything is in it somewhere’: Analysis of the correspondence from Thomas Merton to John Harris.

She writes, “Using discourse analysis and psychoanalytic theory the developing relationship in this correspondence is explored. Reflections on Merton’s style, sensitivity and capacity to share and elicit personal truths allows for the development of trust and emergence of deep meaning between the two men that still speaks to the contemporary reader.”

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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1 Response to Thomas Merton to John Harris

  1. Synchronicity – the day before this posting the Merton Center received a donation from John Harris’s daughter of the original letters from Thomas Merton to John Harris, and to his son, Arthur Harris.
    Sadly, two of the original letters to John Harris do not seem to have been preserved (though, as these were written after 1963, the Thomas Merton Center has carbon copies of them).
    However, a previously undiscovered handwritten note from Merton to Harris came to light in the donated collection!
    There is a finding aid to the collection available on the Center’s web site at:

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