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The Waters Of Siloe

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From the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, this book looks at an order of Catholic monks dating back to eleventh-century France.

An examination of the roots of the Cistercian Order, founded in 1098, its development and waning, and the seventeenth-century reforms by the Abbé de Rancé which began the second flowering that continues today. Throughout, Merton illuminates th
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 9th 1979 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1949)
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Joseph W.D. 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
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural-history
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
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Patrick Cook
'These are the Waters of Siloe, that flow in silence' (Isaiah 8.6, Merton's own translation).

Firstly, a warning. On no account should you read this as your first Merton book (you probably weren't planning to anyway, but in case you were....).

This history of the Trappists and Cistercian Order in general is one of the earliest works Merton wrote after entering the monastery, published only a year after 'The Seven Story Mountain'. Like his earlier autobiography, it is beautifully written. It is a
Jason Townsend
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I plodded through this dense, yet informative, history of the Cistercian order more then I expected that I would.

Their is nothing wrong with Merton's writing here. He brings to life tales of monastic heroism, and martyrdom in a way that is engaging to interested readers. And he provides his trademark spiritual insights along the way. And yet...the fact that this was written before Vatican 2 (and as I recall the author died prior to the reforms being enacted) hurts it somewhat.

It's as though Me
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carl McColman
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice overview of Cistercian history especially in regard to the United States.
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, catholicism
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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