Survival or Prophecy? The Correspondence of Jean Leclercq and Thomas Merton  -     Edited By: Patrick Hart
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Survival or Prophecy? The Correspondence of Jean Leclercq and Thomas Merton

Edited By: Patrick Hart
Cistercian Publications / 2008 / Paperback

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The twenty-year correspondence between Jean Leclercq, a French Benedictine monk and scholar, and Thomas Merton, an American Cistercian monk, provides a fascinating record of their common yearnings. "What is a monk?" is the question at the center of their exchange, and they answer it with great aplomb, touching on the role of ancient texts and modern conveniences, the advantage of hermit life and community life, the fierce Catholicism of the monastic past and a new openness to the approaches of other traditions. These letters-full of learning, human insight, and self-deprecating humor-capture the excitement of the Catholic Church in the era of the Second Vatican Council.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: Cistercian Publications
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 087907017X
ISBN-13: 9780879070175
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Series: Monastic Wisdom

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The twenty-year correspondence between Jean Leclercq, a French Benedictine monk and scholar, and Thomas Merton, an American Cistercian monk, provides a fascinating record of their common yearnings. What is a monk?" is the question at the center of their exchange, and they answer it with great aplomb, touching on the role of ancient texts and modern conveniences, the advantage of hermit life and community life, the fierce Catholicism of the monastic past and a new openness to the approaches of other traditions. These letters 'full of learning, human insight, and self-deprecating humor 'capture the excitement of the Catholic Church in the era of the Second Vatican Council.

Patrick Hart, ocso, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, did his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame as a Brother of Holy Cross. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1951 and has edited many books by and about Thomas Merton.

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Author Bio

Patrick Hart, ocso, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, did his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame as a Brother of Holy Cross. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1951 and has edited many books by and about Thomas Merton.

Michael Casey, OCSO, has been a monk of Tarrawarra Abbey (Australia) since 1960. After completing a degree in Scripture at Leuven, he received his doctorate from Melbourne College of Divinity for a study of desire for God in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. For the past decades he has been engaged in exploring different aspects of monastic spirituality, writing, and giving conferences throughout the English-speaking monastic world. His books include The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Benedict’s Rule (Liturgical Press, 2011), Strangers to the City (Paraclete Press, 2005), and A Guide to Living in the Truth (Liguori, 2001).

Author Bio

Patrick Hart, ocso, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, did his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame as a Brother of Holy Cross. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1951 and has edited many books by and about Thomas Merton.

Editorial Reviews

Recommended for Merton fans and theological libraries.
Catholic Library World

. . . provides a valuable evaluation of the dilemmas of Leclercq and Merton in the light of monks’ and nuns’ situation in the twenty-first century.
Revue d’Histoire Ecclesiastique

A timely republished book which with the new afterword enables us not only to gain a deeper insight into Merton and Leclercq’s dialogue, but also into ecclesial issues about charism and institution which are always around us.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly

This book will appeal primarily to fans of Thomas Merton and historians of post-Vatican II monasticism.
Liguorian

A timely republished book which with the new afterword enables us not only to gain a deeper insight into Merton and Leclercq’s dialogue, but also into ecclesial issues about charism and institution which are always with us.
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