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Last of the Fathers: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and the Encyclical Letter Doctor Mellifluus
Merton presents one of the most significant encyclical letters of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, together with an introduction to the life and teachings of the great mystic. "A study that will have to be on the shelves of all libraries and in the personal collections of all who are interested in spirituality" (Catholic World). Index.
ebook, 132 pages
Published November 11th 1981 by Mariner Books
(first published 1954)
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This book consists of an encyclical by Pius XII celebrating the 800th anniversary of Bernard of Clairvaux's death. It was published in 1953, and Thomas Merton, himself a Cistercian monk, published this slim volume as an overview of the saint. Overall enjoyable, and Bernard was an important 12th c. saint. I did find one point a bit offsetting. While admitting that Bernard was one of the chief advocates for the 2nd Crusade (the bloodiest of the lot), Merton (and Pius XII) try to pass it off by sug ...more
Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of int ...moreMore about Thomas Merton...