James Martin, a Jesuit priest, associate editor of the Catholic magazine America, and the author of several books on religion and spirituality provides insights into Thomas Merton's thought-provoking words: "For me to be a saint means for me to be myself." This radical concept appeared in New Seeds of Contemplation.

On these pages, Martin provides a glimpse into Merton's holy calling along with his own and those of other spiritual masters such as Henri Nouwen, Mother Teresa, and Dorothy Day. The author challenges us to eschew the pressures of the false self and embrace instead the special endowments given to us by God as One who loves diversity.