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Waters of Siloe

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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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Joseph Nicolello
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
Randal Samstag
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
Vicki Wilson
Very interesting book. It's like any well written history book, full of facts, and keeps one wanting to learn more. This book is full of the most beautiful quotes. The introduction probably the most beautiful of all.
Only Merton could make monk history interesting and uplifting! Very well done. I have a few favorite quotes that I'll add later when I have time.
Andrew Plasom-scott
A fascinating account of the history, development and charism of the Cistercians.
Carl McColman
Nice overview of Cistercian history especially in regard to the United States.
Dated but I love monastic history.
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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 ...more
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