Thomas Merton Received into Church Today, 1938

Thomas Merton Received into Church Today, 1938 November 16, 2009

Today marks the day that Thomas Merton was received into the Catholic Church at Corpus Christi Church, Manhattan. In The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton wrote of this experience:

First of all, I knelt at the altar of Our Lady [now also the Blessed Sacrament altar] where Father Moore received my abjuration of heresy and schism. Then we went to the baptistry, in a little dark corner by the main door. . . . After that, I went into the confessional . . . . Now he was at the altar, in his white vestments, opening the book. I was kneeling right at the altar rail [now removed]. . . . I left the altar rail and went back to the pew where the others were kneeling . . . . Father Moore had caught us just as we were going out the door and rushed us into the rectory for breakfast . . . . We all sat around the table . . . .

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