The Life of the Vows: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition by Thomas Merton,Patrick F. O'Connell

By Thomas Merton,Patrick F. O'Connell

As amateur grasp of the Cistercian Abbey of Our girl of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton offered weekly meetings to familiarize his fees with the that means and objective of the vows they aspired to adopt. during this atmosphere, he provided an intensive exposition of the theological, canonical, and primarily non secular dimensions of the vows.

Merton set the vows firmly within the context of the anthropological, ethical, soteriological, and ecclesial dimensions of human, Christian, and monastic lifestyles. He addressed such classical subject matters of Christian morality because the nature of the human individual and his acts; the significance of justice with regards to the eagerness of Christ, to friendship and to like; and self-surrender because the key to grace, prayer and the vowed existence. Merton's phrases on those subject matters basically spring from a dedicated middle and sometimes move with the hovering depth of favor that we have got come to count on in his extra enthusiastic prose.

The texts of those meetings characterize the longest and so much systematically geared up of any of diverse sequence of meetings that Merton provided through the decade of his mastership. they are the main at once pastoral paintings Merton ever wrote.

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