Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon Paperback

The Calmaldoli Correspondence

by Donald Grayston;

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Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon

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How did Thomas Merton become Thomas Merton? Starting out from any one of his earlier major life moments - wealthy orphan boy, big man on campus, fervent Roman Catholic convert, new and obedient monk - we find ourselves asking how by his life's end he had grown from who he was then into a transcultural and transreligious spiritual teacher read by millions. This book takes another such starting point: his attempt in the mid-1950s to move from his abbey of Gethsemani, in Kentucky - a place that had become, in his view, noisy beyond bearing - to an Italian monastery, Camaldoli, which he idealised as a place of monastic peace. The ultimate irony: 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.

Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon by Donald Grayston was published by James Clarke & Co Ltd in October 2015. The ISBN for Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon is 9780718894160.

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Details for Thomas Merton and the Noonday Demon

Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherJames Clarke & Co Ltd (October 2015)
Number of Pages320
Thickness20 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4347366
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