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Survival Or Prophecy?: The Correspondence of Jean Leclercq & Thomas Merton (Monastic Wisdom) [Paperback]

By Patrick Hart (Editor), Rembert G. Weakland (Foreward By) & Michael Casey (Afterword)
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Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   Cistercian Publications
ISBN  087907017X  
EAN  9780879070175  


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The twenty-year correspondence between Jean Leclercq, a French Benedictine monk and scholar, and Thomas Merton, an American Cistercian monk, provides a fascinating record of their common yearnings. "What is a monk?" is the question at the center of their exchange, and they answer it with great aplomb, touching on the role of ancient texts and modern conveniences, the advantage of hermit life and community life, the fierce Catholicism of the monastic past and a new openness to the approaches of other traditions. These letters-full of learning, human insight, and self-deprecating humor-capture the excitement of the Catholic Church in the era of the Second Vatican Council.

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The twenty-year correspondence between Jean Leclercq, a French Benedictine monk and scholar, and Thomas Merton, an American Cistercian monk, provides a fascinating record of their common yearnings. What is a monk?" is the question at the center of their exchange, and they answer it with great aplomb, touching on the role of ancient texts and modern conveniences, the advantage of hermit life and community life, the fierce Catholicism of the monastic past and a new openness to the approaches of other traditions. These letters 'full of learning, human insight, and self-deprecating humor 'capture the excitement of the Catholic Church in the era of the Second Vatican Council.

"Patrick Hart, ocso, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, did his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame as a Brother of Holy Cross. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1951 and has edited many books by and about Thomas Merton.""

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The Seven Storey Mountain.

Patrick Hart currently resides in the state of Kentucky.

Patrick Hart has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cistercian Studies
  2. New Directions Books


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A must for any professional or non specialist general reader with an interest in Christian debates  Feb 11, 2009
When two people with expert knowledge speak, it is truly a sight. "Survival or Prophecy?: The Correspondence of Jean Leclercq and Thomas Merton" is the correspondence between two religious experts, a Benedictine monk and a Cistercian Monk, one French the other American. For over two decades, they deeply discussed the world of religion, from defining monkhood to countless religious discussion involving the nature of Christianity as a whole. Enlightening and fascinating, "Survival or Prophecy?" is a must for any professional or non specialist general reader with an interest in Christian debates.

 

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