Cassian and the Fathers: Initiation into the Monastic


2 thoughts on “Cassian and the Fathers: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition

  1. Dustin Wright Dustin Wright says:

    Great intro to Cassian


  2. Phil Phil says:

    This is one of those posthumous publications of Thomas Merton which come out from time to time as work continues on his papers In this work we find Thomas Merton's notes for his novice conference at his monastery As novice master at his monastery Merton offered several courses on the Church Fathers especially those important for the monastic tradition Of course Cassian had the pride of place after St Benedict himself given that this was a Trappist monastery and thus kind of a reformed Benedictine order that order of precedence makes sense Of course St Benedict mentions Cassian's Institutes and Conferences as the next step after his Rule of beginners So it makes sense that Merton's lectures would attract so much attention on this subject The book is really just Merton's lecture notes on Cassian It breaks into two sections a very useful prologue which goes through monastic history from the Desert Fathers to Cassian himself That is useful as a review of monastic practice and is worth reading by itself Then there are Merton's detailed lectures on Cassian's Institutes and Conferences themselves The discussion is both learned and enlightening although familiarity with the texts is helpful Some Latin knowledge is also helpful as Merton will throw in the odd Latin uotation because he could legitimately expect his audience to know it A general warning these are lecture notes so don't expect the literary polish of Merton's other works They're still good and still useful but they weren't really intended for publication They are both an interesting indication of Merton's teaching as well as his thinking in his monastic setting


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Cassian and the Fathers: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition [PDF / Epub] ★ Cassian and the Fathers: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition Author Thomas Merton – Thomashillier.co.uk Cassian and the Fathers is the initial volume in the series of Novitiate Conferences of Thomas Merton the classes he presented to young men beginning their monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Cassian and the Fathers is the Fathers: PDF/EPUB é the initial volume in the series of Novitiate Conferences of Thomas Merton the Cassian and PDF or classes he presented to young men beginning their monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky They contain and the Fathers: Epub ß Merton's insights on important Patristic and monastic figures preceding the time of St Benedict above all John Cassian the and the Fathers: Initiation into Kindle - most significant bridge between the early desert fathers and the development of monastic life in the West and they reveal the continuing relevance of their teachings for contemporary monastics and other ChristiansMuch of the value and interest of.

  • Paperback
  • 372 pages
  • Cassian and the Fathers: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition
  • Thomas Merton
  • English
  • 23 March 2016
  • 9780879070014

About the Author: Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was one of the Fathers: PDF/EPUB é the most influential Catholic authors of the th century A Trappist monk of Cassian and PDF or the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in the American state of Kentucky Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual and the Fathers: Epub ß writer poet author and social activist Merton wrote over books scores of essays and reviews and is the and the Fathers: Initiation into Kindle - ongoing subject of many biographies Merton was also a proponent of int.