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The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture

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The Love of Learning and the Desire for God is composed of a series of lectures given to young monks at the Institute of Monastic Studies at Sant'Anselmo in Rome during the winter of 1955-56.
Paperback, 282 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Fordham University Press (first published January 1st 1961)
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Read this a couple of years ago under Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old for a Theology of Worship directed study at Erskine Seminary. It's a fascinating read from both the angle of liturgical theology as well as education.

This is a classic work on monastic learning, culture, and worship, and wonderfully summarizes how monastic life was an attempt to bring all things into subjection to Christ in worship and how they sought to allow the Scriptures and worship to inform all of life. A number of fascinating
For those interested in catholic education -- particularly the "poetic knowledge" and "poetic education" movements -- as well as those who want to understand more deeply the medieval mind, this book is profoundly educative. One finds, among the occasionally dry descriptions of monastic writing style or various influences of obscure monastics, that one is swept up into the beauty, simplicity, and poetry of monastic life. LeClerc, amazingly, makes one want to learn the Latin tongue, if only to und ...more
Monks,Christian ones, seem to be an anomaly in our culture. Where is the appeal? Doesn't monk mean being hidden away, concentrating on one's inner self? But the opposite is true. No one can be hidden away in a monastery. Life in common forces one to be attentive always to the other person.
And that, paradoxically is the idea. No one develops alone. We need each other, and that is such a hard reality for us that prayer is needed to achieve it. This is a gem of a book.
This is a great text for understanding monastic culture. Recommended to anyone who is planning or is currently reading Christian monastic literature and wants such texts placed into context. Leclercq does an excellent job of not only answering the who and the what of the era, but also and especially the why questions.
What a great book on monastic learning which implies many lessons for our assumptions on dovotion, intellect and learning. More later...
monastic humanism, so much broader, deeper, more stable and longer lasting than the Renaissance humanism which flashed after it.
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Included in the "History and Culture" section of Fr. John McCloskey's 100-book Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.
Depths of insight into monastic life and practice. Much to be gleaned!
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Old, but good. Leclerq is always interesting and easy to read.
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catholicism, monasticism, culture, history, benedictine order
One of my favorite academic books, ever.
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