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A Search for Solitude: 1952-60 - Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life v. 3 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) Paperback – 2 Feb 1998
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The third volume of Thomas Merton's journals finds him in a monastery, questioning the true nature and purpose of being a monk and exploring Zen, existentialism, Marxism and Latin American culture.
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The third volume of Thomas Merton's journals chronicles Merton's attempts to reconcile his desire for solitude and contemplation with the demands of his new-found celebrity status within the strictures of conventional monastic life.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was the author of many books, including 'New Seeds of Comtemplation, Life and Holiness, The Sign of Jonas, Mystics and Zen Masters,' and the bestselling and critically acclaimed autobiography of his early life, 'The Seven Storey Mountain'.
Lawrence S. Cunningham is chair of the theology department at the University of Notre Dame. He is the editor of 'Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master' and the author of many popular books on theology and spirituality.
"Few readers who encounter this remarkable book will come away unchanged."
"A rich introduction to [Merton's] vivid imagination."
"The trick is always to find the spiritual deeply embedded in this world, and to discover our own eternal dimensions in the midst of our foibles, failures, and sometimes neurotic idiosyncrasies. We have no better guide in these things than Merton, and you couldn't ask for a more lively writer."
-THOMAS MORE, author of 'Care of the Soul'
"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."'
-CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
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If the reader has this background knowledge the book provides a fascinating exposition not only of Merton's personal struggles in his search for more solitude and time with God, but also of the tensions in the Catholic Church in the United States as the movements for reform before,during and after, the Second Vatican Council developed
Merton was an extraordinally gifted man both intellectually and artistically. He was educated in France, England, and the United States, His father was from New Zealand, and Merton had British nationality. (He eventually became an American citizen.) He had a thorough knowledge of Latin and seemingly of Greek, and read the Church Fathers in the original languages. He had an extraordinary facility for languages.He spoke English and French fluently and learned Spanish, Italian, and seemingly German And so was in demand in the monastery as an interpreter. A former abbot of Gethsemani had built up on of the best ecclesiastical libraries in the United States. We can assume that this included Migne's Greek and Latin Patrologies which probably gathered dust before Merton came along. He was tortured by the poor quality of the chant, and hated the plastercast images ubiquitous at the time.
Merton was a born writer, and as soon as he had a thought he wrote it down. The Catholic Church changed more in thirty years than in the previous 300 years. The Church in the United States had missed the ferment of new thinking which was going on in parts of Europe. It was the Church of Cardinal spellman and Fulton Sheen. It was rich and self-satisfied, and ever growing and expanding. They saw no need for any change.Unfortunately for Merton, the abbot Dom James Fox, could not see any wrong with what was being done. The offices were chanted in Latin and few of the monks had sufficient Latin to follow the words. It did not matter. It was the prayer of the Church. Personal prayer was something different. Younger people do not remember when the mass for laypeople was read by the priest with his back turned towards them.But Merton believed that the chants should be personal prayer as they originally were.
The other point was his unceasing search for solitude, and his dreams of finding a perfect monastery, or even founding one. These were always blocked by his abbot and the abbot general. He was often very critical of Dom James. But this volume can only be understood in conjunction with Roger Lipsey's book Make Peace before the Sun goes Down. The lives of the two men were inextricably bound up with each other, and eventually Dom James came round to Merton's point of view.
A great book, but you need to know something of the background to follow it.
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