Although Mrs. Walker's letter to Merton is not extant, it seems she expressed concern over a shift in Merton's writings from contemplation and prayer to social issues like racism in the southern United States. Merton explains his continuing commitment to contemplative life and that there are valid religious issues to consider in confronting the problem of racism.
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||Don't think I am repudiating my earlier books or putting contemplation aside. There is a deeper