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The School of Charity

The Letters Of Thomas Merton On Religious Renewal & Spiritual Direction

Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick Hart

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

As the third volume in the series including The Hidden Ground of Love (1985) and The Road to Joy (1989), this collection features Thomas Merton's letters to members of religious communities around the world. Merton's questions about the monastic life, sometimes radical and disturbing, either arose from what was happening in his own experience or reflected the extraordinary changes that followed Vatican Council II.

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School of Charity
I.The Early Monastic Years 1941-1959 
 
Our studies and writing should by their very nature contribute to our contemplation at least remotely and contemplation in turn should be able to find expression in channels laid open for it and deepened by familiarity with the Fathers of the Church. This is an age that calls for St. Augustines and Leos, Gregorys and Cyrils!THOMAS MERTON IN A LETTER TO JEAN LECLERCQ, APRIL 22, 1950To Abbot Frederic Dunne, O.C.S.O.Frederic Dunne (1874-1948) was Abbot of Gethsemani when Thomas Merton first made a retreat at the monastery
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  • Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick Hart

  • Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition. Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. His work continues to be widely read to this day.
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The School of Charity

The Letters Of Thomas Merton On Religious Renewal & Spiritual Direction

Thomas Merton; Edited by Patrick Hart

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