2023 ~ 4th & Walnut Lecture
Tuesday 14th November, 7 pm EST.
Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF
"Merton's Christophany and the Second Axial Monk."
Thomas Merton’s epiphany on the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets was a significant breakthrough into Christ consciousness and the opening up of what Raimon Panikkar calls, “Christophany.” This new consciousness propelled an inversion of Merton’s monastic life toward ever deepening relationships with a world of complexity. Relying on insights from Carl Jung, Raimon Panikkar and Teilhard de Chardin, I will explore Merton’s Christophany as a radical theology, a mutational disruption of the Neoplatonic quest, and the ushering in of a new monastic consciousness reflective of the second axial age, marked by the hyperpersonal monk of planetary consciousness.
The inaugural annual "Fourth and Walnut Lecture" co-sponsored by the International Thomas Merton Society and the Center for the Study of Spirituality at Saint Mary's College.