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Learning to Love: Exploring Solitude and Freedom, The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume Six: 1966-67: 1966-67 - Learning to Love: Exploring Solitude and Freedom v. 6 Paperback – 4 Jan 1999
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This captivating sixth volume of Thomas Merton's acclaimed journals traces his struggle to reconcile an unexpected love with his monastic vows. In 'Learning to Love', Merton comes full circle as he recommits himself completely and more deeply to his vocation with a new and stronger understanding of the nature of both worldly and spiritual love.
"It has often been said that the world-renowned Trappist monk and author Thomas Merton was a man of paradox…Now, this volume of Merton's journals adds greater detail to another, and perhaps his most surprising, paradox: that this monk and Roman Catholic priest had what he called an 'affair' with a student nurse in Louisville over six months in 1966."
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"Delightful…brilliant social, political and personal commentaries."
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"When all the journals are published, it is likely that they will take a place with the famous journals of Henry David Thoreau, G. M. Hopkins, Edmund Wilson, and perhaps be seen as an American version of St. Augustine's 'Confessions'."
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About the Author
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer and peace activist. His spiritual classics include the bestselling The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation and The Sign of Jonas. Christine M. Bochen is professor of religious studies at Nazareth College at Rochester, New York. A founding member of the International Thomas Merton Society, she edited the fourth volume of Merton’s letters, The Courage of Truth.
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