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Advent Quiet Day | December 19

Who was Thomas Merton and why is he even more popular now than when he died in 1968? Part of the answer is his articulation of salvation as “discovering your true self.” And no one better to help us explore his work and witness than Franciscan spiritual and theological writer Dan Horan.

The theme of this Advent “quiet day” centers on the contemporary relevance, insight, and inspiration of Thomas Merton, the renowned American author and Trappist Monk.  In his important address to a joint session of Congress, Pope Francis recognized Merton as a “source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people,” praising Merton as “above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church.”  During this centenary year of Merton’s birth (1915-2015), we will explore together some of the ways that Merton remains a mystic and prophet for our time, especially in how he guides us to understand better who we are, who God is, and what we are called to do to advance justice and peace in our complex world.

Franciscan friar, Dan Horan, has written an insightful best-selling book on the spirituality of Thomas Merton: masterfully presenting the untold story of how Saint Francis — the most popular saint in Christian history — inspired the most popular spiritual writer of the twentieth century.

All Saints is fortunate to have Dan Horan visit us the weekend before Christmas to conduct an Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, December 19 from 9am until 1pm.

Register online, or at the sign-up center beginning Sunday, November 22.
$10 registration fee.

For more information on the Quiet Day contact Jamie Hebert at 626.583.2733

Dan Horan will also be our Rector’s Forum Speaker (10:15 a.m.) and preacher (at 9:00 & 11:15 a.m.) on Sunday, December 20. The focus of the Forum will be: “The Lifelong Journey of Discovering God and Ourselves: Thomas Merton and the True Self”– an exploration of one of Thomas Merton’s most significant contributions to the Christian spiritual tradition: the True Self. In addition to examining what Merton means in encouraging us to embrace the lifelong journey of faith and conversion in which we strive to discover ourselves in discovering God, we will look at some of the key influences behind Merton’s great insight, especially that of Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition.