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Merton's Correspondence with:

Evora Arca de Sardiña; Evora Arca de Sardina, Evora Arca de Sardinia, Evora Arca Sardinia

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1961-1966
Volume: 31 item(s); 56 pg(s)

Scope and Content

In this group of letters, Merton provides spiritual direction to a Cuban expatriate who fled after Fidel Castro came to power. Subjects of the letters include the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Merton "Warn[s] her against those who would turn to violence but also against those who would embrace a comfortable and wealthy Catholicism" (Shannon, p. 77). (Source: Witness to Freedom.) Many letters from Merton are photocopies from the published letters. However, a few carbons of his letters and original handwritten letters from Evora Arca de Sardiña are present.

Biography

Evora Arca de Sardiña was born in Cuba, attended high school in New York, and returned to Cuba in 1950. In Cuba, she was involved in social work the poor. When Castro came to power in 1959, she fled to the United States with her husband and her five sons and settled in Miami. Her husband, Eugenio, was part of the CIA-trained anti-Castro assault force captured at the Bay of Pigs. (Source: Witness to Freedom.)

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #27, #93, #109 and other letters from Merton to Arca de Sardiña published in Witness to Freedom, 76-85; and see also the "Rodríguez, Marta Elena" file.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1961/04/10 TLS[x] from Kelty, Matthew Father Louis would have me assure you of his prayers for your husband and for all who are fighting [from Fr. Matthew Kelty of Gethsemani] «detailed view»
2. 1961/05/06 transcript to Merton I am writing to tell you that my husband and the fiancé of my friend Marta Elena Rodriguez, whom you translation of letter in file «detailed view»
3. 1961/05/06 HLS to Merton Te escribo para informarle que mi esposo y el novio de […] amiga Marta Elena Rodriquez a quien «detailed view»
4. 1961/05/15 TLS[x] from Merton I write to you both as to friends, with deep compassion and concern in this moment of anguish. «detailed view»
5. 1961/07/26 (#01) HLS to Merton Cuando escribe de cosas espirituales […] escribirle en español […] es más fácil para mi. «detailed view»
6. 1961/07/26 (#02) transcript to Merton When I write about spiritual things I would prefer to write you in Spanish as it is easier for me. translation of letter in file «detailed view»
7. 1961/09/09 TLS[x] from Merton I do not have time to give you a really full answer to your good letter, though I have waited in «detailed view»
8. 1961/11/27 TLS[x] from Merton Have courage and faith. The advent liturgy will soon be reminding us that the Lord is very close to The main purpose of letter is to pass on name of Mario Casanas a potential entrant for Gethsemani «detailed view»
9. 1961/12/no? HCS from Merton All blessings and joy at Christmas. May God give you strength, patience, light and love «detailed view»
10. 1962/01/27 HLS to Merton Yesterday while I was in church, after Holy Communion I tried to talk to Our Lord. Of course I did «detailed view»
11. 1962/01/31 TALS[x] from Merton This time I want to try to answer you immediately. I think you are quite right, and that the ideas «detailed view»
12. 1962/02/27 TLS[x] from Merton If I answer you now it has to be a very quick answer. You cannot help suffering the way you do, and «detailed view»
13. 1962/05/24 TLS[x] from Merton I deeply feel with you all the emotions that have shaken you, on meeting the prisoners returning «detailed view»
14. 1962/08/02 TLS[x] from Merton I deeply feel with you all the emotions that have shaken you, on meeting the prisoners returning [Cold War Letters #93] «detailed view»
15. 1962/08/17 TLS[x] from Merton I am sorry I have been busy and have not been able to write. This is just a note to say that I «detailed view»
16. 1962/09/19 TLS[x] from Merton As this tense situation gets worse and worse, we must all realize that no strain or effort of ours «detailed view»
17. 1962/10/29 (#01) TL[c] from Merton This is a troubled time, in which you are going to have to collect your forces and muster up even [Cold War Letters #109] «detailed view»
18. 1962/10/29 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton This is a troubled time, in which you are going to have to collect your forces and muster up even [Cold War Letters #109] «detailed view»
19. 1963/01/01 TLS[x] from Merton Well, this is the first letter dated 1963 that I have written, and by a miracle I put the right date «detailed view»
20. 1963/02/22 TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your two letters. The last one was particularly good, and I want to tell you at least «detailed view»
21. 1963/04/17 (#01) TL[c] from Merton It was good to hear from you, both before and after Easter, with the copy of the letter from your «detailed view»
22. 1963/04/17 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton It was good to hear from you, both before and after Easter, with the copy of the letter from your «detailed view»
23. 1963/07/25 TLS[x] from Merton I have not forgotten your letter of June 6th, but summer is a very busy season. I have had a great «detailed view»
24. 1964/02/16 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your letter, I had been thinking about you and wondering about you for a long time. «detailed view»
25. 1964/02/16 (#02) HLS[x] to Hart, Patrick Here are the letters from Merton that I promised to mail you. Father Shannon called me a few days [letter to Patrick Hart from Evora Arca de Sardiña regarding her correspondence and detailing which letters to restrict or publish] «detailed view»
26. 1964/09/05 (#01) TL[c] from Merton I am sorry your letter has gone so long without an answer, especially when you feel so lost and «detailed view»
27. 1964/09/05 (#02) TLS[x] from Merton I am sorry your letter has gone so long without an answer, especially when you feel so lost and «detailed view»
28. 1966/12/no? HCS[x] from Merton Peace and joy in the New Year. God bless you -- fear not. Blessings. sent Christmas of 1966 «detailed view»
29. 1992/09/no other  from Sardinia Corp. / to William Shannon EVORA ARCA SARDINIA biographical information «detailed view»
30. undated/no/no other   addresses for Arca de Sardiña «detailed view»
31. undated/no/no TLS[x] from Merton I write to you both as to friends, with deep compassion and concern in this moment of anguish. Your letters to Evora Arca de Sardina - transcripts filed by date «detailed view»

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