In 1996, Jesuit activist John Dear spent several weeks on silent retreat in Thomas Merton's hermitage on the grounds of the Abbey of Gethsemani near Louisville, Kentucky. His journal from those days of silence and solitude invites us into Merton's own spirit of peace. The Sound of Listening takes us into both the journey of John Dear and Thomas Merton, and our own journey to peace and new life. As we enter these days of peace, we pray with John Dear the peace prayer of St. Francis and join our voice to his "Updated Version of the Apostles' Creed." Together, we emerge ready for the struggle for justice, renewed for the journey of nonviolence, and enlightened to speak the good news of peace to a wartorn world.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"It's a real soul art to be engaged in fever pitch in social action and to be a contemplative, too. In these pages, John Dear, the activist, brings us to the still, dark places where he wrestles demons and waits to be touched by God. We wait with him and are touched, too, by the silence and a quickened desire to live simpler, more generous, more engaged lives." - Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of Dead Man Walking
John Dear is a priest, pastor, and peacemaker. He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, traveled the war zones of the world, and addressed hundreds of thousands of people in thousands of lectures around the country. He has two masters in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in California. His many books include Living Peace, Jesus the Rebel, Disarming the Heart, The Questions of Jesus, and Mohandas Gandhi.