These letters deal with periods of serious crisis in Merton's life and vocation, about which many rumors and half-truths were circulated during his lifetime. They give readers, for the first time in his own words, the true details and the behind-the-scenes facts. Things came to a head in 1959 when Merton petitioned the Vatican, asking for an ...
These letters deal with periods of serious crisis in Merton's life and vocation, about which many rumors and half-truths were circulated during his lifetime. They give readers, for the first time in his own words, the true details and the behind-the-scenes facts. Things came to a head in 1959 when Merton petitioned the Vatican, asking for an indult of exclaustration, or release, not from the Trappist Order, but for "a more solitary primitive existence in a monastic life" outside the United States. Abbot James Fox made a trip to Rome and the indult was not granted. Later Merton, who despised Communism and advocated Gandhian non-violence, was forbidden to publish anything against war and nuclear aggression - as if it was inappropriate for a monk to oppose war.
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Near Fine/Near Fine. First Edition. The letters of Thomas Merton, in times of crisis. 352 pp. which represents the concluding work of the five volume series of the letters of Thomas Merton and includes his yet unpublished " Cold War Letters".
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Publishers Weekly, 1994-07-18 Trappist monk, novelist, poet and social critic, Merton (1915-1968) oscillates between engagement and solitude, hope and despair, in these impassioned, searching letters. This fifth and final volume of his correspondence--all of which are edited by Shannon--reflects his commitment to nuclear disarmament, his immersion in Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence, his growing ecological awareness and his quest for a political philosophy of freedom grounded in his Catholic faith. Merton critiques the United States as a ``warfare state'' in which the convergent interests of big business, the military and the wealthy dominate and dictate national policy. The content of his letters to ecologist Rachel Carson, folksinger Joan Baez, fellow poet-teacher Mark Van Doren, French-Arabic scholar Louis Massignon and Zen adept Masso Abe show the breadth of his pursuits. (Sept.)
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