Merton and King: spiritual brothers who never had a chance to meet

“A retreat is a time to do nothing for as long as you can,” according to Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who attended many, directed several and complained about a few retreats at which his presence had been required. The retreat that might have been his most significant was one Merton had envisioned sharing with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Its proposed date — sometime in April 1968.

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