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Waters of Siloe
An examination of the roots of the Cistercian Order, founded in 1098, its development and waning, and the seventeenth-century reforms by the Abbe de Rance, which began the second flowering that continues today. Throughout, Merton illuminates the purposes of monasticism. Index; photographs.
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 9th 1979 by Mariner Books
(first published January 1st 1949)
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I employ this site for what it is at its best: An digital catalog. And while I note to self I have read this book, I was unable to read it from cover to cover, with a sense of ardent, indispensable notion which other texts of Merton have evoked within me. Perhaps it took me too long to get to it. Perhaps, I thought, as the year perished along with certain sentiments within it, that the monastic life appealed most to me when I was living in a literal Hell, multiplied by seasons of intoxication. L ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Randal Samstag rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I had an old friend, a back to the land pioneer, who had converted to Catholicism as a literate adult. He had been converted by reading the French philosopher Etienne Gilson. In an effort to make good conversation with my friend I read Merton's history of the Cistercian Order. Much to my dismay, this ended up driving a wedge between me and my friend, for when I mentioned Merton, his reply was to the effect that Merton had lost his way as a Cistercian because he clearly was unable to control his ...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...