Forty years later, Merton’s legacy looms large

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TRAPPIST, Ky.-Around the country this month and next, many Roman Catholics will be remembering and honoring Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who died in a freak accident 40 years ago. Merton, who influenced generations of believers with both his monastic lifestyle and his prodigious writings, was especially important for bringing spirituality to the laity.

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