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Pre-Benedictine Monasticism

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 2

Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell

Pre-Benedictine Monasticism
Pre-Benedictine Monasticism

ISBN: 9780879070731, MW009P

Details: 464 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 01/01/2007
Cistercian Publications

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Charged with training young monks at Gethsemani Abbey, Thomas Merton combined his literary genius and his love of the monastic tradition to produce Monastic Orientation Notes as the bases of his classes. In this volume, he treats the many and varied forms of monastic life which preceded, and helped to form, the Rule of Saint Benedict.


This absorbing study shows how the scene is set for the Benedictine tradition to develop as well as the contrasts between St. Benedict's passion for the common life and the more austere and solitary models which seemed to be pointing in another direction. Above all, Merton's distinctive voice can be heard in the deep but lively and often humorous teaching material found in these pages.