Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon

The Camaldoli Correspondence
Lutterworth Press
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  • erschienen am 29. Oktober 2015
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  • 318 Seiten
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In Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon, Donald Grayson transforms a long-neglected cache of letters found in an ancient monastery into a book that offers new insight into the author of these letters, Thomas Merton, the renowned spiritual writer. At the time of their writing, the mid-1950s, he was living as a Trappist monk, at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Having reached an impasse in his monastic vocation he decided to leave Gethsamani for the Monastery of Camaldoli in Italy. Camaldoli at that time, bucolic and peaceful outwardly, was inwardly riven by a pre-Vatican II culture war; whereas Gethsemani, which he tried so hard to leave, became, when he was given his hermitage there in 1965, his place to recover Eden. In walking with Merton on this journey, and reading the letters he wrote and received at the time, we find ourselves asking, as he did, with so much energy and honesty, the deep questions that we may well need to answer in our own lives.
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Donald Grayston retired in 2004 from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver as director of its Institute for the Humanities. He is a former president of the International Thomas Merton Society.
Permissions Foreword by Douglas E. Christie Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: The Roses at the Hermitage 1 The Noonday Demon: acedia 2 Thomas Merton: non finis quaerendi The Camaldoli Correspondence 3 The Greater acedia: What the Letters Tell Us 4 Acedia and the Will of God 5 The End of the Dream of Camaldoli 6 After the Dream 7 Solitude and Love Bibliography Index of Subjects and Names
"The strength of Grayson's book is his exegesis of the Camaldoli Correspondence. Grayston knows Merton's life inside out, and he is able to comment on the letters by referencing many aspects of Merton's life, both inner and outer; thus, the reader wins a deeper, more insightful understanding of one of the greatest spiritual masters of our time."
-Robert Waldron, Theology, Vol. 119 No. 5, 2016

"This is a deeply engaging and reaadable book from which many, both inside and outside a monastic readership may greatly profit. Donald grayson has devoted a long experience of study to his subject, whom he reveres, though by no means uncritically, but at the same time with evident sympathy and painstaking researd, presenting to his readers a valuable perspective on a prophet who saw far ahead of his time and movingly articulated the vision."
-Sr. Mary John Marshall O.S.B., Cistercian Studies Quarterly, 2016

"This is a remarkable piece of scholarship, filling an important gap in the bigger picture of Thomas Merton's life and spiritual struggle."
-Larry Culliford, Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 7:1, 30 March 2017

"A trove of new material for Merton devotees and researchers."
-The America Monastic Newsletter, Feb 2017

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