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December 10th: Remembering Thomas Merton

December 10 looms large in the life story of Thomas Merton. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky on December 10, 1941, and died tragically in

This is an obituary from 2003 (published in the Economist) regarding the passing of sociologist Robert K. Merton. Merton is often credited with conducting the first "focus groups" in 1941. (909)

Robert King Merton, inventor of the focus group, died on February 23rd, aged 92

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To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all…

Thomas Merton Contemplative Prayer By | Photo of Thomas Merton by Eugene Meatyard, 1967

Photo of Thomas Merton by Eugene Meatyard, 1967 "The Liturgy accepts our common, everyday experience of time: sunrise, noonday, sunset; spring, summer, autumn, winter. There is no reason for the Church in her prayer to do anything else “with time”, for the obvious reason that the Church has no quarrel with time. The Church is not fighting against time. The Christian does not, or at any rate need not, consider time an enemy. Time is not doing her any harm, time is not standing between her and…

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This retreat will be presented by Dr. Randy Jessen, Senior Pastor of the Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, CO. He has studied the teachings of Thomas Merton since 1983. He teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary.