Today I want to draw attention to a (biographical) relatively short article about Cistercian Monk, Thomas Keating (b.7th March1923). I also, if you’re the praying type, want to ask for your prayers for him, as Fr. Thomas was flown by charter jet (yesterday morning US-time – 27th March 2018) from St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass to St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spenser. The intention being to provide him with better 24/7 care.
"...Given today's political climate (the Pew Research Center, for example, recently found that Americans haven't displayed so much contempt for those with different viewpoints in decades), he still has more to say, particularly on the issue of humanity's redemption. [Thomas] Keating believes civilization's salvation rests in letting go of our egos-by taking a long look inward.
It's a message he continues to share,..."The great value of contemplation is that it actually changes your attitude toward other people," he says. "You sense the certain oneness that is beyond differences." The sun drops lower in the sky, highlighting the monk's lined face. Keating squints into the glare. "That's what humility is, I guess: realizing that somebody else may not be any worse than you are.”...”
You'll find the article here.
His most recent book is the 2017 publication World Without End.