and dr. king too, is that they were complicated people. the church understands that what a saint is is a sinner who knows they're a sinner and works with the grace of god to try to live a nobler, deeper, richer christian life. and perhaps that is part of what pope francis, who canonized junipero serra at catholic university yesterday, was trying to lift up in dorothy day and thomas merton, people who lived complex lives under difficult circumstances and yet ultimately were able to cooperate with the grace of god available in their lives to make an enormous impact on people all over the world in merton's case and leave a remarkable legacy of service in the case of dorothy day. >> merton is someone who was a tremendous pop cultural figure in certain ways or at least a literary figure. his spiritual autobiography, the "stephen story mountain" which he published shortly after world war ii became this shocking out of nowhere huge best-seller. they printed a few hundred copies. it ends up selling 100,000. and was this breakout success. >> and for a monk he was very much out in the world.
with dr. martin luther king jr. and abraham lincoln and thomas merton. my colleagues chris matthews was pointing out that thomas merton has been such an influential figure to those struggling against substance abuse and struggling to reform themselves, that these are four figures that he chose and it tells you so much about his moral fervor and intellectual history. >> this is a brilliant man. i know the people think bernie sanders is a radical. read what the pope is writing about. he is not only talking about poverty and income and wealth inequality, he is getting to the heart of hypercapitalism and saying why as a society are we worshipping money. we are making money the golden idol, respecting and admiring people who have billions of dollars, at the same time as we are ignoring people who are sleeping out on the streets, who are going hungry, who have no health care. he's saying that's not the way we should be living our lives. that is a pretty profound critique of modern society. >> at the same time as he spoke out so passionately about climate change and he sees that not in pol
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