By Thomas Merton,Patrick F. O'Connell

As beginner grasp of the Cistercian Abbey of Our woman of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton provided weekly meetings to familiarize his fees with the that means and function of the vows they aspired to adopt. during this environment, he provided an intensive exposition of the theological, canonical, and in particular non secular dimensions of the vows.

Merton set the vows firmly within the context of the anthropological, ethical, soteriological, and ecclesial dimensions of human, Christian, and monastic existence. He addressed such classical issues of Christian morality because the nature of the human individual and his acts; the significance of justice with regards to the fervour of Christ, to friendship and to like; and self-surrender because the key to grace, prayer and the vowed existence. Merton's phrases on those issues sincerely spring from a dedicated middle and sometimes move with the hovering depth of favor that we have got come to count on in his extra enthusiastic prose.

The texts of those meetings symbolize the longest and so much systematically geared up of any of diverse sequence of meetings that Merton awarded in the course of the decade of his mastership. they are the main without delay pastoral paintings Merton ever wrote.

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