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Catherine and Thomas Merton

Photo of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin, used on his funeral card.

Photo of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin, used on his funeral card.One aspect of Catherine Doherty’s life of Gospel intensity concerns how she inspired others to love the Lord. Such influence is another indication of the love of God present in, and working through, her. It is my conviction that she had such an influence on Thomas Merton.

Poustinia: 30 years later and on into the 21st Century

William Kurelek's painting of the first poustinia, with Madonna House in the background, entitled The Hope of the World.

William Kurelek's painting of the first poustinia, with Madonna House in the background, entitled The Hope of the World.Catherine is probably best known, still today, for her book Poustinia. First published in 1975, it was the fruit of her mature life with God. It has inspired hundreds of thousands of people. The depth and power of the words in this book are a sign of God’s grace at work in her.

The Pastoral Relevance of Catherine’s Cause

George stands with Catherine after she is made a member of the Order of Canada “for a lifetime of devoted services to the underpriviliged of many nationalities both in Canada and abroad.”

George stands with Catherine after she is made a member of the Order of Canada “for a lifetime of devoted services to the underpriviliged of many nationalities both in Canada and abroad.”One of the questions I have been asking people is: “If Catherine was canonized, what would be the significance of her life for the Church today?” We have received many responses to this and other questions from Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Religious and Laity. What follows is my brief summary of some of the main replies to this question which highlight the pastoral relevance of her Cause in the minds of those who knew her or about her.