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  • Dancing in the Water of Lifeby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.99

    The sixties were a time of restlessness, inner turmoil, and exuberance for Merton during which he closely followed the careening development of political and social activism ? Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic Worker Movement, the Vietnam war, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Volume 5 chronicles the approach of... more...

  • Run to the Mountainby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.99

    When Thomas Merton died accidentally in Bangkok in 1968, the beloved Trappist monk's will specified that his personal diaries not be published for 25 years -- presumably because they contained his uncensored thoughts and feelings. Now, a quarter of a century has passed since Merton's death, and the journals are the last major piece of writing to appear... more...

  • Entering the Silenceby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.99

    The second volume of Thomas Merton's "gusty, passionate journals" (Thomas Moore) chronicles Merton's advancements to priesthood and emergence as a bestselling author with the surprise success of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. Spanning an eleven-year period, Entering the Silence reflects Merton's struggle to balance his vocation... more...

  • The Intimate Mertonby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 15.99

    In this diary-like memoir, composed of his most poignant and insightful journal entries, The Intimate Merton lays bare the steep ways of Thomas Merton's spiritual path. Culled from the seven volumes of his personal journals, this twenty nine year chronicle deepens and extends the story Thomas Merton recounted and made famous in The Seven Storey... more...

  • The Monk and the Bookby Megan Hale Williams

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 38.00

    In the West, monastic ideals and scholastic pursuits are complementary; monks are popularly imagined copying classics, preserving learning through the Middle Ages, and establishing the first universities. But this dual identity is not without its contradictions. While monasticism emphasizes the virtues of poverty, chastity, and humility, the scholar,... more...

  • A Rule for Children and Other Writingsby Jacqueline Pascal; John J. S.J. Conley

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 20.00

    Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) was the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun at the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She was also a prolific writer who argued for the spiritual rights of women and the right of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and family authority. This book presents selections from the whole of Pascal's career... more...

  • Book for the Hour of Recreationby María de San José Salazar; Alison Weber; Amanda Powell; Alison Weber

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 25.00

    María de San José Salazar (1548-1603) took the veil as a Discalced ("barefoot") Carmelite nun in 1571, becoming one of Teresa of Avila's most important collaborators in religious reform and serving as prioress of the Seville and Lisbon convents. Within the parameters of the strict Catholic Reformation in Spain, María fiercely defended women's rights... more...

  • The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, 2by Denis Searby; Bridget Morris

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 64.99

    St. Brigitta of Sweden (1303-73, canonized 1391) was one of the most charismatic and influential visionaries of the later Middle Ages. Altogether, she received some seven hundred revelations, dealing with subjects ranging from meditations on the human condition, domestic affairs in Sweden, and ecclesiastical matters in Rome, to revelations in praise... more...

  • A Monastic Renaissance at St Albansby James G. Clark

    Clarendon Press 2004; US$ 204.99

    A Monastic Renaissance at St Albans is a study of intellectual life - teaching, preaching, the production of books, and the pursuit of scholarship - at one of England's greatest monasteries at the end of the Middle Ages. It has always been assumed that the monasteries fell into decline long before the Dissolution, but this study demonstrates the... more...

  • Managing Monksby Jonathan A. Silk

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 64.99

    The paradigmatic Buddhist is the monk. It is well known that ideally Buddhist monks are expected to meditate and study -- to engage in religious practice. The institutional structure which makes this concentration on spiritual cultivation possible is the monastery. But as a bureaucratic institution, the monastery requires administrators to organize... more...