Author Archives: Jonathan Montaldo

First Telegram from the Camino Santiago de Compostela

I am writing from a small village, Zariquiegui, about 7 kms west of Pamplona, where I slept last night in a Refugio offering a hundred beds. Tonight I’ll sleep in a private Refugio with eighteen beds. My fellow peregrinos are … Continue reading

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Expecting Nothing Special on the Road to Santiago de Compostela: In My Beginning is My End

Thomas Merton began his journey to Asia in September, 1968 which would end accidentally on December 10, 1968. In his personal journals he reflected on how his trip might modify his future. The following excerpts from The Intimate Merton: His … Continue reading

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Monksworks Podcast: In Rome & Discovering A Secretly Archived Version of An Old Self

A diptych of two fools: one certified by his family, the other canonized by his church. Saint Benedict Joseph Labre was a fool-for-Christ, a “holy” bum: he tried desperately and more than once, but couldn’t make it as a Trappist … Continue reading

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Monksworks Podcast May 7: Assisi—My Rooms With A View

I have been living in Assisi for three weeks, studying Italian four hours a day, walking a great deal, visiting major Franciscan watering holes, but more thoughtfully than when I visited Assisi in the past. My apartment was on the … Continue reading

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Monksworks Podcast April 28, 2012: Encounters with Cornelius

I am writing from Assisi, Italy, after being in England from May 10 – May 16th to attend the bi-annual Conference and General Meeting of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland to which I had been invited … Continue reading

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Podcast from Lisbon: Monday, April 9, 2012

Monksworks Podcast from Lisbon April 9 Obedios’ Castle from Roman times: Peniche on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal:

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Holy Saturday: Leaving Mount Baldy

Leaving Mt. Baldy By Leonard Cohen (1999) I came down from the mountain after many years of study and rigorous practice. I left my robes hanging on a peg in the old cabin where I had sat so long and … Continue reading

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Being in Lisbon, Reflecting on Thomas Merton in the Woods

Thomas Merton’s essay, “Day of A Stranger”, is among his best. Written for Ludovico Silva’s literary magazine Papeles, “Day of A Stranger” relates a “hermit’s day” in Merton’s living at his concrete bungalow on Mount Olivet at Gethsemani Abbey. Merton’s … Continue reading

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Jonathan Montaldo Podcast March 27, 2012 “In the Basement, Ready to Fly”

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Jonathan Montaldo’s Podcasts Begin

On Thursday, March 29th, I am departing from Newark to Lisbon, Portugal. After ten days in Lisbon, I’ll fly to Oakham, England to deliver an address. On April 16th I’ll cross into Italy, taking the train from Rome to Assisi, … Continue reading

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