Saturday, November 7, 2015

Alpha Monk

I did not know that the guy who planted the seed of Catholicism in me also "fathered a child as a Cambridge student before becoming a monk," as The Irish Times' John Cooney explains — Thomas Merton: from wayward youth to man of God.

Mr. Cooney mentions the young Merton's understanable "fascination for girls in nurses’ uniforms" but not his later-in-life unconsummated relationship with one when he was hospitalized. It also mention "his annus horribilis" in which "Tom drifted away" and his "indulgence in wine, women and song."

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