This documentary examines the life of a modern American monk who was described as part Augustine, part Emerson, part Gandhi. The writings that flowed from his cell examined spirituality (of the East and West), the Cold War, the civil rights movement and the challenges for the individual in the post-modern world. In short, Merton's life embodied many of the struggles of the 20th and 21st century.
Norbert Krapf, past Indiana Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize nominee, emeritus prof. of English at Long Island University, and author of twenty-five critically acclaimed books, has written a new book, "Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet's Journal of Healing." Norbert is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. After fifty years of struggling with his past, he felt that by confronting it in writing, he could offer fellow victims comfort, healing, and a sense of freedom from the long-term effects of abuse. The 130 poems he selected from the 325 he wrote came in four voices: the boy he was, the man he became, Mr. Blues (a fictional friend, mentor, and counselor), and the Priest.