Seasons of Celebration

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Macmillan, 1965 - Fiction - 248 pages
This work, originally inspired by the liturgical renewal brought on by Vatican II, contains Thomas Merton's meditations on the seasons of the liturgical year. He examines the words, songs, ceremonies, signs, and movements that are designed to open our hearts and minds.
 

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User Review  - LadyoftheLodge - LibraryThing

This series of essays by Thomas Merton served as my lectio divina for Lent 2014. As with most of Merton's writing, the essays were deep and complex. These were written in the 1950's and 1960's. They ... Read full review

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User Review  - ChuckS65 - LibraryThing

As always, Merton writes with depth and insight. I would not say this was the most inspiring work, but I did find some treasures. It also gave me a chance to reflect once again on the nature and progression of the liturgical year. Read full review

Contents

II
1
III
28
IV
45
V
61
VI
88
VII
101
VIII
113
IX
125
X
144
XI
158
XII
171
XIII
183
XIV
204
XV
216
XVI
231
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Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University. His parents, nominally friends, had given him little religious guidance, and in 1938, he converted to Roman Catholicism. The following year he received an M.A. from Columbia University and in 1941, he entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where he remained until a short time before his death. His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" (1948); there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2:00 a.m. As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by. Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression. Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968.

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