Thomas Merton was born in France in 1915 and converted to Catholicism in his early 20’s. He became a Trappist monk in the United States in 1941. In his forties he became increasingly concerned over matters of war and peace – writing many articles, letters and essays from his Monastery in Kentucky. Merton died in 1968.
“Christians have got to speak by their actions. Their political action must not be confined to the ballot box. It must be clear and manifest to everybody. It must speak loudly and plainly the Christian truth and it must be prepared to defend that truth with sacrifice, injustice and even imprisonment or death…”