Thomas Merton was a Catholic, a monk, a mystic, briefly a Communist, a civil rights activist and a prolific writer. Born on January 31, 1915, his life was cut short when he died by accidental electrocution while on a visit to Thailand. His work, however, has lived on.
Here is footage of Thomas Merton speaking on the fundamental nature of religiosity in the modern era:
Although the full scope of Merton's teachings cannot be condensed into sound bites, many of his statements powerfully stand on their own as life wisdom: