An interesting snippet of information from a email from Jim Forest: During Thomas Merton’s famous trip to Asia in 1968 on which he died, he carried with him relics of the following saints:

  • St. Bede
  • St. Thomas of Canterbury
  • St. Teresa of Jesus
  • St. Peter Damian
  • St. Bruno
  • St. Romuald
  • St. Nicholas of Flue
  • St. Charbel

    So much for Merton ending his days as a relativistic, synchetistic, New Age, quasi-Buddhist who’d lost his faith, which both the “left” and the “right” would somehow seem to have us believe. The truth, of course, is far more complex.