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Make peace before the sun goes down : the long encounter of Thomas Merton and his abbot, James Fox

Author: Roger Lipsey
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A fascinating account of Thomas Merton's conflicted relationship with his abbot, Dom James Fox--by an esteemed modern Merton scholar. In the 1950s and '60s, Thomas Merton, a monk of the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, published a string of books that are among the most influential spiritual books of the twentieth century--including the mega-best seller The Seven-Storey Mountain. He was something of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Thomas Merton; James Fox, Abbot of Gethsemani; James Fox, Abbot of Gethsemani; Thomas Merton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Lipsey
ISBN: 9781611802252 1611802253
OCLC Number: 900665306
Description: xii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Nuance --
With great reluctance, an autobiography --
All for Jesus thru Mary witha smile --
The Wall Street Journal in a cubbyhole --
His mind is so electrical --
Saint Anne's, a toolshed --
The journaliing seminar --
Piety and thunder --
Vincolata la Sua Liberta --
The shadow Abbot --
Out of a chrysalis --
The Moon, Venus or Mars! --
When will we become Christians? --
Fuge, Tace, Quiesce --
Solidity and ashes --
A deeper kind of dedication --
Who can say? --
The tea, the joy --
A hermit now --
To sleep alone all of my life --
It seems so absurd --
Make peace before the sun goes down --
Compline.
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"A fascinating account of Thomas Merton's conflicted relationship with his abbot, Dom James Fox--by an esteemed modern Merton scholar. In the 1950s and '60s, Thomas Merton, a monk of the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, published a string of books that are among the most influential spiritual books of the twentieth century--including the mega-best seller The Seven-Storey Mountain. He was something of a rock star for a cloistered monk, and from his monastic cell he enjoyed a wide and lively correspondence with people from the worlds of religion, literature, and politics. During that period he also explored and wrote extensively on Buddhism, Sufism, art, and social action. The man to whom he owed obedience in the cloistered life was a much more traditional Catholic, his abbot, Dom James Fox. To say that these two men had a conflicted relationship would be an understatement, but the tension their differences in orientation brought actually led to creative results on both sides and to a kind of hard-won respect and love. Roger Lipsey's portrait of this unusual relationship is compelling and moving; it shows Merton in the years his imagination was taking him far beyond the walls of the monastery, and eventually, literally to Asia"--

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