Cosmas, or Love of God  -     By: Pierre de Calan
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Cosmas, or Love of God

Loyola Press / 2006 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Loyola Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0829423958
ISBN-13: 9780829423952

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"It is a fascinating study of a spiritual crisis and of the wisdom and experience of monastic life." —William Rees-Mogg, editor in chief, The Times (of London)

"Pierre de Calan’s choice of subject is remarkable not only because it is a profound study of life in a Cistercian monastery, but because he has had no firsthand knowledge as a monk."
—Elizabeth Berridge in the (London) Daily Telegraph
 
Devout, sensitive, young Cosmas believes that he has a vocation to become a Trappist monk, but the reality of monastic life disappoints him deeply. Fellow monks are hard to live with. The life of the monastery seems worldly. He is disheartened by his own shortcomings and appalled by the weaknesses of others. If he can’t live the life, does that mean God isn’t calling him to it? What should he do? Many people—single, married, vowed, ordained—ask these same questions. Pierre de Calan explores them all in this exquisite tale of a man who learns that sanctity does not mean perfection.

Author Bio

Pierre de Calan (1911–1993) was a Paris banker who ended his career as president of the French division of Barclay’s Bank. He published Cosmas or the Love of God, his only novel, in 1977.

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