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Survival or prophecy? : the letters of Thomas Merton and Jean Leclercq ; edited by Patrick Hart ; foreword by Rembert G. Weakland.

Author: Thomas Merton; Jean Leclercq; Patrick Hart
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk who wrote The Seven Storey Mountain, spent his literary career in a cloistered monastery in Kentucky. His great counterpart, the French Benedictine monk Jean Leclercq, traveled relentlessly to and from monasteries world-wide, trying to bring about a long-needed reform and renewal of Catholic religious life." "Their correspondence over twenty years is a record of the common  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Thomas Merton; Jean Leclercq; Jean Leclercq; Thomas Merton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Merton; Jean Leclercq; Patrick Hart
ISBN: 0374272069 9780374272067
OCLC Number: 48943144
Description: xxvi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword / Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland --
Introduction / Brother Patrick Hart --
Chronology: Jean Leclercq --
Chronology: Thomas Merton.
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"Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk who wrote The Seven Storey Mountain, spent his literary career in a cloistered monastery in Kentucky. His great counterpart, the French Benedictine monk Jean Leclercq, traveled relentlessly to and from monasteries world-wide, trying to bring about a long-needed reform and renewal of Catholic religious life." "Their correspondence over twenty years is a record of the common yearnings of two holy men. "What is a monk?" is the question at the center of their exchange, and in these letters they answer it with great aplomb, touching on the role of ancient texts and modern conveniences; the advantages of hermit life and community life; the fierce Catholicism of the monastic past and the new openness to the approaches of other traditions; the monastery's impulse toward survival and the monk's calling to prophecy. Full of learning, human insight, and self-deprecating wit, these letters capture the excitement of the Catholic Church in the era of the Second Vatican Council - and the perennial appeal of the life of monastic solitude."--Jacket.

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