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Title
Survival or prophecy? - the correspondence of Jean Leclercq & Thomas Merton
Author
Jean Leclercq
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Liturgical Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20081001

The twenty-year correspondence between Jean Leclercq, a French Benedictine monk and scholar, and Thomas Merton, an American Cistercian monk, provides a fascinating record of their common yearnings. What is a monk?" is the question at the center of their exchange, and they answer it with great aplomb, touching on the role of ancient texts and modern conveniences, the advantage of hermit life and community life, the fierce Catholicism of the monastic past and a new openness to the approaches of other traditions. These letters 'full of learning, human insight, and self-deprecating humor 'capture the excitement of the Catholic Church in the era of the Second Vatican Council.

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Recommended for Merton fans and theological libraries.
Catholic Library World


. . . provides a valuable evaluation of the dilemmas of Leclercq and Merton in the light of monks' and nuns' situation in the twenty-first century.
Revue d'Histoire Ecclesiastique


A timely republished book which with the new afterword enables us not only to gain a deeper insight into Merton and Leclercq's dialogue, but also into ecclesial issues about charism and institution which are always around us.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly


This book will appeal primarily to fans of Thomas Merton and historians of post-Vatican II monasticism.
Liguorian

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Monastic and religious life.
Country of Publication
Kentucky
Number of Pages
159

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