Tomorrow, December 10, marks 50 years since the death of Thomas Merton in 1968. Speaking with Richard Rohr about the impact of Merton’s death brought an interesting reaction. Merton described ’68 as a beast of a year. Rohr obviously agrees. The momentous events of 1968 serve as a backdrop for my chronicling Merton’s last year in The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton.