From Thomas Merton's legacy of spiritual writings comes A Book of Hours, a manual of mysticism, a set of teachings for engaged contemplatives, a guide for the formation of conscience, and a collection of koans, mantras, and prayers. With prayers for Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Dark for each day of the week, A Book of Hours brings the ancient monastic practice of praying the hours into our hectic modern lives, making hte ancient new, and the timeless timely.
Thomas Merton was the most popular proponent of the Christian contemplative tradition in the twentieth century. Now, for the first time, some of his most lyrical and prayerful writings have been arranged into A Book of Hours, a rich resource for daily prayer and contemplation that imitates the increasingly popular ancient monastic practice of "praying the hours." Editor Kathleen Deignan mined Merton's voluminous writings, arranging prayers for Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Dark for each of the days of the week. A Book of Hours allows for a slice of monastic contemplation in the midst of hectic modern life, with psalms, prayers, readings, and reflections.
Thomas Merton (19151968) is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential spiritual masters of the twentieth century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than seventy books, mostly on spirituality, social justice, and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.
Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D., is a sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame, a theologian, and a composer of sacred song who has been engaged in liturgical musicianship for many years. She received her masters degree in spirituality studies and her doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University in New York, where she studied with her mentor, the late geologian, Father Thomas Berry, one of the great inspirations of her life and ministry. As a member of the Congregation of Notre Dame, Deignan is engaged in the mission of liberating education at Iona College where she is professor of religious studies. As part of her collaboration with the Congregation of Christian Brothers and colleagues, she founded and directs the Iona Spirituality Institute, a project for the celebration and study of the spiritual life, which has sponsored her work in interfaith dialogue, peace and justice studies, and spiritual animation in the United States and abroad, particularly in Ireland where she has worked to foster the wisdom legacy of Thomas Merton. In October 2009, she received Fordham Universitys Doctrina et Sapientia Award for her work in spirituality. In addition to her books. Deignan has written many articles that have appeared in The Way, Review for Religious, Sisters Today, Franciscan Review, Diakonia, Sacred Journey, and Monastic Interreligious Dialogue Bulletin.
Have a question about this product? Ask us here.