Charter, Customs, and Constitutions of the Cistercians: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition 7
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This volume consists of three of Thomas Merton's conferences on ancient and contemporary documents governing the lives of monks. A Catholic convert, Cistercian monk and hermit, poet, contemplative, and social critic, he was a master of novices for ten years (1955 to 1965) at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky and responsible for the formation of young men preparing for the monastic profession.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Cistercian Publications Inc
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 0879070412
ISBN-13: 9780879070410
Series: Monastic Wisdom

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Publisher's Description

As master of novices for ten years (1955–1965) at the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton was responsible for the spiritual formation of young men preparing for monastic profession. In this volume, three related sets of Merton’s conferences on ancient and contemporary documents governing the lives of the monks are published for the first time:

• on the Carta Caritatis, or Charter of Charity, the foundational document of the Order of Cîteaux
• on the Consuetudines, the twelfth-century collection of customs and regulations of the Order
• on the twentieth-century Constitutions of the Order, the basic rules by which Merton and his students actually lived at the time

These conferences form an essential part of the overall picture of Cistercian monastic life that Merton provided as part of his project of "initiation into the monastic tradition" that is evident in the broad variety of courses that he put together and taught over the period of his mastership.

As Abbot John Eudes Bamberger, ocso, himself a former student of Merton, notes in his preface to this volume, "The texts presented in this present book eventually gave rise to the Cistercian way of spiritual living that continues to contribute to the Church’s witness in this new millennium. This publication is a witness to the process of transformation that ensures the continuity of the Catholic monastic tradition that witnesses to the God who, as Saint Augustine observed is ’ever old and ever new.’"

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 was 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 is the editor of Thomas Merton: Selected Essays (2013) and has also edited seven volumes of Thomas Merton's monastic conferences for Cistercian Publications' Monastic Wisdom Series, most recently, Charter, Customs, and Constitutions of the Cistercians (2015).
John Eudes Bamberger entered Gethsemani Abbey in 1950, having earned an MD from the University of Cincinnati the previous year and done his internship at Georgetown University Hospital. A student of Thomas Merton from 1952-1955, he worked with Merton, after his ordination in 1956, in screening applicants to the abbey. He served as abbot of the Abbey of the Genesee, in New York state, from 1971 until 2001. Since returning from a term as superior in the Philippines, he lives in a hermitage at Genesee.

Editorial Reviews

"Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, Charter, Customs, and Constitutions of the Cistercians will prove to be of immense interest to those with an interest in the life and thought of Thomas Merton, as well as philosophy and practice of the Cistercian monastic life. Very highly recommended for church, community, and academic library collections."
The Midwest Book Review

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