Thomas Merton's Red Diary

In 1964 and 1965 Thomas Merton used a red-leather "day-by-day" calendar for the year 1959 as a diary. Unlike his other published diaries and journals, this diary was not used for personal entries; rather he used it as a collection for the words of others. As noted by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis and Jonathan Montaldo in the Foreword to the print edition, "the Red Diary is a convergence of Merton's spontaneous attractions." This collection of the thoughts and writings of others provide us with insight into Merton's "interior climate" — "these collected'words' reflect his fears and his hopes, and more importantly they reflect his prayer, at this new and long awaited juncture in his life"— that of living full-time at his hermitage.