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Pre-Benedictine Monasticism

Pre-Benedictine Monasticism

"Initiation into the Monastic Tradition, 2"
Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell

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ISBN: 978-0-8790-7073-1, MW009P
Details: 440 pgs , 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 01/01/2007

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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.
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