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In praise of the useless life : a monk's memoir

Author: Paul Quenon
Publisher: Notre Dame : Ave Maria Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Monastic life and its counter-cultural wisdom come alive in the stories and lessons of Br. Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O., during his more than five decades as a Trappist at the Abbey of Gethsemani. He served as a novice under Thomas Merton and he also welcomed some of the monastery's more well-known visitors, including Sr. Helen Prejean and Seamus Heaney, to Merton's hermitage. In Praise of the Useless Life includes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Nonfiction
Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Quenon, Paul, author.
In praise of the useless life
Notre Dame : Ave Maria Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018009598
Named Person: Paul Quenon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Quenon
ISBN: 9781594717598 1594717591
OCLC Number: 1006472304
Description: xi, 112 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction to the circle dance --
A life of song and music --
Thomas Merton, novice master --
Nature, my guru --
A week at the Hermitage --
Our golden age of hermitages --
Prayer nurtures poetry --
Battle of wits with a mockingbird --
Emily Dickinson, soul sister --
Contemplation and the camera --
Merton's death as seen from the home grounds --
Unexpected visitors --
Final judgment.
Responsibility: Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O. ; foreword by Pico Iyer.

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"Monastic life and its counter-cultural wisdom come alive in the stories and lessons of Br. Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O., during his more than five decades as a Trappist at the Abbey of Gethsemani. He served as a novice under Thomas Merton and he also welcomed some of the monastery's more well-known visitors, including Sr. Helen Prejean and Seamus Heaney, to Merton's hermitage. In Praise of the Useless Life includes Quenon's quiet reflections on what it means to live each day with careful attentiveness. The humble peace and simplicity of the monastery and of Quenon's daily life are beautifully portrayed in this memoir." -- Publisher's description

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