Thu Apr 16: Spirit Cinema

The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton

Join us as Contemplative Fire presents the new film The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton. The doors at St. John’s York Mills open at 7 p.m.; the film starts at 7:30. A discussion will follow.

Thomas Merton was a man who led an enigmatic life. He sought a bridge between eastern spiritualism and western religious thought, all with the purpose of finding a closer personal union with God. In his life’s journey, Merton became a Trappist monk and an Catholic priest. He sought wisdom from both great Christian thinkers and from Buddhist and Taoist leaders. He wrote many works including the autobiographical book The Seven Storey Mountain (1948) which inspired many young people in the days after World War II.

The documentary film The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton brings to life the climax of Thomas Merton’s life. It is a remarkable and thought provoking film with footage of his hermitage and travels and photos of his last trip. It also includes conversations with many that he met, such as the Dalai Lama, and many he has influenced such as Richard Rohr.

All are welcome to the Spirit Cinema! The evening is a fund-raiser for Contemplative Fire; a suggested donation is $20. RSVP is requested to


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