"Thomas Merton and The Catholic Worker 10 Years After"
This reflective piece was written by James H. Forest for the 10th anniversary of Thomas Merton's death. The piece takes a look at Merton's impact on the Catholic Worker, and also explores how he was inspired by Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement.
Also included are excerpts from various writings by Thomas Merton that appeared in the Catholic Worker over the years. The excerpts provide an insight on his view on faith and violence. Includes excerpts from "Roots of War (CW October 1961); "Christian Ethics and Nuclear War (CW March 1962); and The Shelter Ethic (CW November 1961).
A life-long activist for peace, Forest first comes into contact with Merton through Dorothy Day while Forest was at the Catholic Worker in New York. He was active in the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and started the Catholic Peace Fellowship (CPF), an affiliate program of FOR, to assist those trying to obtain Conscientious Objector status in 1964. In 1977, Forest assumed the duty of General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). He has written and edited several books about Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and the Catholic Worker Movement.