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The Climate of Monastic Prayer

(Cistercian Studies Series #1)

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A book about contemplative prayer, what it is and isn't, can and can't be, should and shouldn't be, and how it eludes description.
Published (first published January 1st 2001)
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Benjamin Vineyard
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Merton captivates me again and my heart wishes to turn all of my life into a monastic playground. No, I don't think I am a monk like Merton, but I want to sweep all these thoughts together in a pile and make a home out of it.
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I found books about prayer bland and boring reading before I gained a little experience in trying to pray. I think I would have found this little book unreadable a decade ago despite Merton's vigorous prose, lively style, and the sparks of grumpy humor and temper that flash here as in all his writing.
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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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Cistercian Studies Series (9 books)
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  • The Cistercian Spirit: A Symposium: In Memory of Thomas Merton
  • The Praktikos and Chapters On Prayer
  • The Eleventh-Century Background of Citeaux
  • William of St Thierry: The Man and His Work
  • The Cistercian Sign Language: A Study In Non Verbal Communication
  • Studies in Medieval Cistercian History: Presented to Jeremiah F. O'Sullivan
  • The Golden Chain: A Study in the Theological Anthropology of Isaac of Stella