At the age of 18, Tom Guare entered the Abbey of Gesthemani in Kentucky with the intention of becoming a monk. He left at age 22, but the experience has stayed with him over the ensuing 50 years. In this interview, Tom talks about why he decided to enter and why he chose to leave; the experience of burying Thomas Merton; why kindness is at the center of his spirituality; and more.
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