Mountain man

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Forty years after his untimely death, Thomas Merton continues to inspire us to climb new spiritual peaks.

Few writers of the past century have had as big an impact on so many people as Thomas Merton (1915-1968). His readers ranged from popes to high school students, from astronauts to taxi drivers, from mystics to people trying to decide if God exists. His interests were as wide ranging as the Milky Way, from prayer and contemplation to war and peace, from every aspect of Christianity to aspects of Buddhism and other religions.