Contemplation in a World of Action

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr
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The spiritual and psychological insights of these essays were nurtured in a monastic milieu, but their issues are universally human. Merton lays a foundation for personal growth and transformation through fidelity to "our own truth and inner being." Our desire and need to attain "a fully human and personal identity" is the focus of Merton's concern.
The republication of this classic in a newly restored, corrected edition is the first of Gethsemani Studies, a series of books that explores, through the twin perspectives of psychology and religion, the dynamics and depths of being fully human.

Author Biography

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani for twenty-seven years, serving as Novice Master for over a decade.

Table of Contents

Contemplation in a World of Action
Renewal of Life in the Monastic Milieu
Problems and Prospectsp. 5
Vocation and Modern Thoughtp. 28
The Identity Crisisp. 58
Dialogue and Renewalp. 84
Renewal and Disciplinep. 98
The Place of Obediencep. 117
Openness and Cloisterp. 128
Is the World a Problem?p. 141
Contemplation in a World of Actionp. 154
The Contemplative and the Atheistp. 162
Ecumenism and Renewalp. 177
The Need for a New Educationp. 193
Final Integration - Toward a "Monastic Therapy"p. 200
Contemplative Life
Is the Contemplative Life Finished?p. 215
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