Life and Holiness Author:Thomas Merton With a simplicity of language and an intellectual candor that exemplify the purity of his vision, Thomas Merton here traces the basic principles of the spiritual life. Since these are principles, since they are basic, and since they are rooted int he world of spirit, Life and Holiness is a unified treatment of the "one way" that leads to the on... more »e God. It is a book, therefore, which recognizes that there is no essential difference between the holiness of the layman and the holiness of the religious, for the active life is essential to ever Christian, the participation of the Christian in the Church's mission on earth. All have a common vocation to sanctify in the active life, and all will find in these pages an echo of their first calling and an invitation to continually reply, Yes, to Christ.
The emphasis throughout this book is on grace and interiority rather than on will power and energy, on the living and invisible spirit rather than on imaginary and subjective ideals, on the life of Christ in the soul rather than on self-conscious efforts of the individual to grow in virtue. Above all, the emphasis is on faith, and on the love of God and of one's brother in Christ. It is, in short, the New Testament doctrine of the Christian life translated into the language of our age.« less