Item #501252 MONASTIC STUDIES: Number Two / Epiphany 1964. Brendan Collins, ed., Louis Merton, Jean Leclercq, Louis Merton, Thomas Merton.
MONASTIC STUDIES: Number Two / Epiphany 1964

MONASTIC STUDIES: Number Two / Epiphany 1964

Mount Saviour Monastery / Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey, 1964. Papberback. Large 8vo, 190 pp. Sewn binding in stiff white wraps which are letterpress printed in green and black. Some light rubbing to extremities, price written in pen and date stamped inside rear wrapper, very clean and sharp otherwise. Second issue of the journal first conceived by Hugh McKiernan who with Brendan Collins anonymously edited the early issues. Print run of 1200 copies. Monastic Studies 'was basically a start-up with no official backing, and noconnection to the corporate world of publishing.' It served as a central voice in the Monastic Renewal movement of the sixties and notably contains the first appearance of many of Merton's mature studies of Monasticism. Merton responded enthusiastically to the appearance of the first issue and volunteered to contribute to future issues. Includes essays by Dodat de Wilde, Jean Guitton, Garcia M. Columbas, Adele M. Fiske, and Claude Peifer. Contains two works published under his monastic name, 'Louis' ('They can have Thomas Merton. He's dead now.' - The Sign of Jonas). The first, 'The Humanity of Christ in Monasti Prayer,' deals with one of Merton's main preoccupations in his last years as his inerest and appreciation grew for mystical and contemplative traditions of other faiths. Namely, 'Mental prayer grows progressively simpler until it becomes 'contemplation' in which therer are few ideas or even none at all, and in which images play little or no part. But Christian prayer is obviously centered on the Person of Jesus Christ.' Merton's second contribution is a translation of Jean Leclercq's essay, 'Benedictine Rule and Active Presence in the World' which deals with themes Merton would take up in his posthumous *Contemplation in a World of Action*, for which Leclercq wrote the introduction. [DELL'ISOLA C235]. FINE. Item #501252

Price: $250.00