• Thomas Merton’s personal belongings resurface in Missouri, nearly 50 years after his death

    The late Thomas Merton's t-shirt and work shirt are just a few of the items that author John Smelcer uncovered this summer. All of Merton's clothing bears the number "127." (Rebecca Smith/KBIA)

    The late Thomas Merton’s t-shirt and work shirt are just a few of the items that author John Smelcer uncovered this summer. All of Merton’s clothing bears the number “127.” (Rebecca Smith/KBIA)

    By Emerald O’Brien

    During Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. last month, he praised the late Thomas Merton as one of four great Americans. Merton was one of the most influential Catholic writers of the 20th century. He spent the last twenty years of his life as a Trappist Monk in a Monastery called the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. After his death, his writings remained in the public sphere, but it seemed that little else was left from the man who inspired so many. But this summer, hundreds of his items reappeared in Missouri.

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    ----------Posted on October 5, 2015 by in Student Work

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