Amour Des Lettres Et Le Désir de Dieu

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Fordham Univ Press, 1982 - Religion - 282 pages
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The Love of Learning and the Desire for God is composed of a series of lectures given to young monks at the Institute of Monastic Studies at Sant'Anselmo in Rome during the winter of 1955-56.
 

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I remember when we studied this book during an MA on Spirituality it was pointed out to us that the title actually sums up monastic life - the love of learning and the desire for God. It's a text book, not a thrilling read, but it's a good one. Read full review

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A must read for anyone interested in monastic culture, and a great read for anyone studying theology. JL helpfully blurs the line between "practice" and "theology," showing new (or very old, if you like) soil in which theological fruit to grow.

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Contents

The Conversion of St Benedict
11
St Gregory Doctor of Desire
25
Cult and Culture
37
THE SOURCES OF MONASTIC CULTURE
51
Devotion to Heaven
53
Sacred Learning
71
The Ancient Traditional Spirituality
89
Liberal Studies
112
The Poem of the Liturgy
236
Literature and the Mystical Life
255
Appendices
271
The Rule of St Benedict and the Canticle of Canticles
273
The Monk who Slept during the Office
274
The Speculative Theology of Dom Bertrand
275
Monastic Theology
276
St Anselm
277

THE FRUITS OF MONASTIC CULTURE
151
Literary Genres
153
Monastic Theology
191

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Page 7 - With regard to literature, a fundamental observation must be made here; in the Middle Ages, as in antiquity, they read usually, not as today, principally with the eyes, but with the lips, pronouncing what they saw, and with the ears, listening to the words pronounced, hearing what is called the "voices of the pages.
Page 9 - For the ancients, to meditate is to read a text and to learn it "by heart" in the fullest sense of this expression, that is with one's whole being: with the body, since the mouth pronounced it, with the memory which fixes it, with the intelligence which understands its meaning, and with the will which desires to put it into practice.

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Jean LeClercq, OSB was a Benedictine monk, and author of a classic study on Lectio Divina and the history of inter-monastic dialogue.

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