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Life of the Vows - (Monastic Wisdom) by Thomas Merton (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 686

Genre: Religion + Beliefs

Series Title: Monastic Wisdom

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Cistercian Publications

Author: Thomas Merton

Language: English

Street Date: January 9, 2013
TCIN: 78571640
UPC: 9780879070304
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-2167

Description

As novice master of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton presented weekly conferences to familiarize his charges with the meaning and purpose of the vows they aspired to undertake. In this setting, he offered a thorough exposition of the theological, canonical, and above all spiritual dimensions of the vows.

Merton set the vows firmly in the context of the anthropological, moral, soteriological, and ecclesial dimensions of human, Christian, and monastic life. He addressed such classical themes of Christian morality as the nature of the human person and his acts; the importance of justice in relation to the Passion of Christ, to friendship and to love; and self-surrender as the key to grace, prayer and the vowed life. Merton's words on these topics clearly spring from a committed heart and often flow with the soaring intensity of style that we have come to expect in his more enthusiastic prose.

The texts of these conferences represent the longest and most systematically organized of any of numerous series of conferences that Merton presented during the decade of his mastership. They may be the most directly pastoral work Merton ever wrote.

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