It’s great to see so many young people interested in Thomas Merton, and to see them return to contribute to our General Meetings.
One of them is Rob Peach, who was a 2005 Daggy Scholar and a member of the ITMS who has written about Merton’s peace teachings and mystical poetics.
He’s presenting a paper at Loyola called Through the Desert of Anxiety into the Oasis of Wisdom: A Vision of the Pleroma as Shared by Merton, Teilhard and Watts.
Here’s how he describes it. “This paper offers a comparative study of Merton’s eschatological vision revealed in The New Man as it corresponds with the collective insight of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, from The Future of Man, and Alan Watts, from The Wisdom of Insecurity, into humanity’s full realization of God as the Christocentric ‘all-in-all’ ”.