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Merton's Correspondence with:

Bruce L. Carriker; Bruce Carriker

Carriker, Bruce L.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1968
Volume: 5 item(s); 7 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Bruce L. Carriker writes from Prescott College in Arizona.

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Related Information and Links

See one published letter from Merton to Carriker in Witness to Freedom, pp. 241-242.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1968/04/22 TLS to Merton I am the one that wrote you a letter informing you of my background; I stated that I was called to stating call to contemplative life / Fr. Richard W. Kropf / asking to see Merton / Seeds of Contemplation - "I could have written much of it." «detailed view»
2. 1968/04/24 TLS to Merton I'm happy here in this home--Prescott College, And the only reason I could see for leaving Would be [written in loose verse form] asking Merton to teach him at Gethsemani «detailed view»
3. 1968/04/28 TL[c] from Merton You have put me in a difficult spot. I must try to say what I am going to say, put it clearly, Merton not novice master and does not handle vocations and is "definitely out of the Guru business" / states he must go through the proper channels to enter Gethsemani or try a monastery out west / asks Carriker to be a "disciple of Christ, not any man" [...] "don't build on a mudpile like me!" «detailed view»
4. 1968/04/30 TLS to Merton I write to you because I think you may help me. Sometimes inside me beats a desire for a solitude not a Catholic yet, but wants to be a hermit at Gethsemani / thinks only Merton could judge his character «detailed view»
5. 1968/05/01 TLS to Merton I write this as a courtesy letter. I expect you were testing me in your letter of April 28, for you sees Gethsemani as his best option for life as hermit - "afforded you [Merton] the opportunity of maturing from your 1949 ignorance to your 1968 wisdom" «detailed view»

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