Pre-Benedictine Monasticism: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition (2)  -     By: Thomas Merton
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Cistercian / 2006 / Paperback

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Thomas Merton's two series of Pre-Benedictine Monasticism conferences form both a supplement and a sequel to Cassian and the Fathers, the first volume of Merton's conferences for novices to be published in the Monastic Wisdom series.
Part One not only includes fresh insights on such leaders of early monasticism as Anthony, Pachomius, Basil, and Cassian, but also considers long overlooked key figures like Martin of Tours, Shenoute of Atripe, Melania the Younger, and the pilgrim nun Egeria. In Part Two, Merton, writing at a time when little attention was generally given to these significant but neglected sources, extends his investigations of early monastic life to the Syriac tradition. These conferences, or lectures, edited from Merton's own typescripts, make available his keen observations on the earliest phases of Christian monasticism, and also provide important background material for a number of his essays.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 391
Vendor: Cistercian
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0879070730
ISBN-13: 9780879070731
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Series: Monastic Wisdom

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Thomas Merton (1915–1968), Catholic convert, Cistercian monk and hermit, poet, contemplative, social critic, and pioneer of interreligious dialogue, was a seminal figure of twentieth-century American Christianity. The one hundredth anniversary of his birth is being celebrated in 2015.
Patrick F. O’Connell is professor of English and theology at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. A founding member and former president of the International Thomas Merton Society, he edits The Merton Seasonal and is coauthor of The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia. He has edited six previous volumes of Thomas Merton’s monastic conferences for the Monastic Wisdom Series, most recently The Life of the Vows (2012), and is also editor of Thomas Merton: Selected Essays (2013).

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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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