Hermitage  

Within

 

Towards a more contemplative way of living

 

 

   

 

Welcome to the website of British author

 

MICHAEL FORD 

 

Following in the footsteps of Henri J. M. Nouwen and Brother Roger of Taize

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Merton's Hermitage Within

 

'I am thriving in the hermitage: it is the ideal milieu for me, out in the woods, plenty of silence and inner freedom ... Really I feel much more human and natural on my own than when tied up in the routines of an institution.'

 

Thomas Merton, monk, hermit and writer, 1966

Merton

Thomas Merton  (1915 -1968) was a key contemplative influence on Henri J. M. Nouwen

SPRITUAL MASTERS FOR ALL SEASONS by Michael Ford

 

Original profiles of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Anthony de Mello and John O’Donohue (including a special interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams)

 

Used for St William Adult Formation programme, Naples, Florida

 

‘… an inviting, knowledgeable, accessible and inspiring introduction to four of the great Catholics of our time.’ (America)

THOMAS MERTON, R.I.P.

 

 

from half-way round your cloister

 

now become the world

 

you flew on love loosed wings

 

to take that Buddha’s smile

 

and eyes with light within

 

to a home you’d never seen

 

though so graciously prepared

 

long long before He’d set

 

those two great lights

 

by which we the blind

 

still refuse to see

 

 

Gerard Garrigan, OSB

 

Saint Louis Abbey