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 . . . .