Audio- Videotape Library
Members of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada may borrow selections from our growing audio- videotape library on a 2-week loan basis, free of charge.
Audiotapes by Thomas Merton
These recordings of the daily lectures that Merton gave to the novices at Gethsemani are bread and butter Merton handing over the Catholic contemplative tradition to the young men preparing for the Trappist life. These tapes reveal Merton as a clear and patient teacher, clearly loved by his students. He is relaxed, at home, gentle with them and always good humoured. Amazingly, he seldom repeats himself.
After a few of these tapes, you will get to know as a delightful human being one of the real leaders of the spiritual renewal in North America. And you will like him. He displays remarkable breadth, finding contemplative insights in every human experience and expression: art, music, poetry, drama, literature, history, philosophy and current events.
Even though recorded as early as 1962, the tapes are clear and easily understood.
AA2067 Cassian: Trials and Belief
AA2068 Faith and Prayer
AA2069 Cassian: Disposition for Prayer
AA2071 Does God Hear Our Prayer?
AA2073 Renunciation and Contemplation
AA2075 Beauty is from God
AA2076 Poetry and Imagination
AA2079 The Bear
AA2080 The Deluge
AA2081 Introduction to Church Fathers
AA2082 Clement of Alexandria/Origen
AA2083 Monastic Spirituality/Citeaux
AA2084 Monastic Spirituality, Part II
AA2085 The Meaning of Monastic Spirituality
AA2099 Solitude: Breaking the Heart
AA2100 Solitude and Resurrection
AA2102 The Vow of Poverty
AA2128 The Virgin Mary
AA2129 The Religious Meaning of Chastity
AA2133 ` Silence
AA2137 Spiritual Direction
AA2228 The Vow of Conversion
AA2229 Conversion in Christ
AA2230 Becoming Our True Self
AA2231 Permanent Conversion to God
AA2232 The Patience of Conversion
AA2233 The Commitment to Conversion
AA2236 St. Augustine
AA2263 The Paradox of Joy and Sorrow
AA2264 The Mystical Life
AA2267 The True and False Self
AA2268 The Irish Tradition of Mysticism
AA2367 Mary: Light and Temple
AA2369 Poetry of Revelation
AA2371 Community and Transformation
AA2372 Religious Principles of Greek Tragedy
AA2374 The Religious Intuition
AA2455 The Cross: Victory Over Death
AA2457 Justice for all of Creation
AA2460 Lyric Poetry
AA2461 The Bangkok Conference
AA2801 The Straight Way
AA2802 The Coherent Life
AA2804 Poetry and Religious Experience
AA2805 Belonging to God
AA2808 T. S. Eliot and Prayer
AA2904 Surrender to God
AA2905 Poetry and Scripture
AA2906 The Fully Human Being
AA2907 Love Is Enough
AA2908 Poetry, The Angelic Realm
AA2911 Awakening the Heart
AA2913 Seeking and Finding God
AA2914 The Door of Paradise
AA2915 The Contemplative Call
AA3017 The Desert God
AA3019 Poverty and Religious Experience
AA3025 Prayer and the Yoke of Christ Sufism: Longing for God
A2405 Sufism: Knowledge of God
A2406 Sufism: The Desire for God
A2810 The Thirst for God
A2814 True Freedom
Audiotapes about Merton
Tapes from the 8th Conference and General Meeting of the International Thomas Merton Society, June 2003, Vancouver, British Columbia (4 cassettes)
A Retreat with Thomas Merton: Becoming Who We Are (3 Cassettes: 4 hours)
Acting as narrator and retreat co-director, author Anthony T. Padovano shares selected aspects of Merton's life story, inviting us to get in touch with our own stories, our own spiritual journeys. The retreat is an invitation to meet God in the ordinary events of the day. Padovano traces Merton's biography but deals with it in terms of the values and vision it engendered for himself and others.
This book-on-tape is arranged for seven days. Listeners may find it helpful to listen according to their own schedule or that of a group. The inside cover suggests additional resources to continue the relationship with Merton.
Anthony T. Padovano, author and narrator, holds an S.T.D. in systematic theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a Ph.D. in English language usage and literature from Fordham University. He has written 25 books, as well as articles and plays and has lectured extensively on my aspects of religion and spirituality, including Thomas Merton.
Heretic Blood: An Audio-biography of Thomas Merton (CBC Radio One – 3 Cassettes)
Narrator: Michael Higgins; Producer: Bernie Lucht; Readings: R. H. Thomson; Original music composed by Peter Togni.
Cottage Talks: Monastic Spirituality for Active Christians (8 Cassettes)
M. Basil Pennington
Videotapes about Thomas Merton
omen Who Knew Merton
December 10, 1968 – The Thomas Merton Foundation
Panel: Sr. Margaret Brennan, IHM, Sr. Myriam Dardenne, OCSO, Madelyn Meatyard, Tommie O'Callaghan, Sr. Mary Luke Tobins, SL.
Moderator: Christine Bochen.
The (Almost) Final Days of Thomas Merton: A Conversation With Harold Talbott
December 7, 2000 – The Thomas Merton Foundation
Moderated by Bonnie Thurston.
A Taste of Gethsemani: Trappist Monks Remember Merton
The Thomas Merton Foundation
Panel: Abbot John Eudes Bamberger, OCSO, Abbot James Conner, OCSO, Abbot Timothy Kelly, OCSO, Father Matthew Kelty, OCSO, Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO.
Trappist (56 minutes)
Trappist monks trace their history through 1,700 years of Western civilization. Monks have had a remarkable influence in our arts, education, science and technology. But their solitude, contemplation, and humility seem out of place in today's world. The reality of a monk's life as it is lived at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery in South Carolina, combines with startling and beautiful images of the past to explore how a monk fits into our modern world in this unique and revealing documentary.
Merton: A Film Biography (57 minutes)
Produced and directed by Paul Wilkes/Audrey L. Glynn
This film provides the first comprehensive look at this remarkable 20th-century religious philosopher who wrote, in addition to his immensely popular autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, over 60 books on some of the most pressing social issues of our time, some of which are excerpted here. This critically acclaimed film examines Merton's life and work through insightful interviews with those who knew him, including the Dalai Lama, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nicaragua's Minister of Culture Ernesto Cardenal, publisher Robert Girous, musician Joan Baez, monks he lived with and friends with whom he shared his deepest emotions.
Winter Rain: Six Images of Thomas Merton (55 minutes)
Written by Anthony Padovano; performed by Michael Moriarity
This one-actor play conveys the dynamic spirit of a Trappist monk who has been called one of the most significant and relevant spiritual writers of our day. Viewers will laugh and cry as they see the Merton of wit, humour, and passion. The struggle of this man gives everyone insight into the grace-filled moments of our lives.
Thomas Merton: Man, Monk, Myth (91 minutes)
A concert presented by Father Patrick W. Collins.
Gethsemani (60 minutes)
This new film by Morgan Atkinson explores life today at The Abbey of Gethsemani. It witnesses the beauty and serenity of Gethsemani while examining the struggles that go on behind the scenes. It is a fascinating look inside a rarely seen world.
Monk On the Run (CBC "Man Alive" Series)
This CBC tape provides a fascinating look at Thomas Merton by the CBC.
Robert Lax on Patmos
A look at Robert Lax – poet, hermit and lifelong friend of Thomas Merton.