By Thomas Merton,Patrick F. O'Connell
As amateur grasp of the Cistercian Abbey of Our woman of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Thomas Merton offered weekly meetings to familiarize his fees with the that means and objective of the vows they aspired to adopt. during this environment, he provided a radical exposition of the theological, canonical, and primarily 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 subject matters of Christian morality because the nature of the human individual and his acts; the significance of justice when it comes to the eagerness of Christ, to friendship and to like; and self-surrender because the key to grace, prayer and the vowed lifestyles. Merton's phrases on those subject matters basically spring from a dedicated middle and infrequently movement with the hovering depth of favor that we have got come to count on in his extra enthusiastic prose.
The texts of those meetings signify the longest and such a lot systematically equipped of any of various sequence of meetings that Merton offered in the course of the decade of his mastership. they're the main without delay pastoral paintings Merton ever wrote.