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Book Title: The Seven Storey Mountain|
The author of the book: Thomas Merton
ISBN 13: 9780151004133
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 326 KB
Edition: Harcourt Brace & Company
Date of issue: October 4th 1998
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A Trappist monastery is a quiet place! In a Trappist monastery, monks typically have three motivations to speak to one another: to get a particular work project carried out efficiently, to engage in a community discussion, or to discuss one's spiritual progress with a director or confessor. Sometimes, too, Trappists will enjoy friendly conversations with each other in a conversation room or in nature. These different types of conversation are balanced with the discipline of fostering a general atmosphere of silence in the monastery. Trappists find the silence helps them to practice continual prayer.
This is an amazing biography of a man who did quite relatively normal things in his life such as becoming a member of a young Communist group as he was concerned over the social and economic injustices of modern life. However, a completely different change of direction occurred when he decided to become a Trappist monk at the age of twenty-six.
I’m surprised, and yet not surprised, that Merton did in fact turn out the way he did. His parents were artists (an English father and his mother was an American Quaker), who travelled extensively between America and France, between the First and Second World Wars and Merton as a child seemed to be continually on the move.
Also the difference between being a gregarious individual and then deciding to forsake that to go and live in a world of quiet contemplation did have me wondering I must confess. Nevertheless, Merton was being called, had made up his mind and that was the end of it.
We have here a deeply religious individual, who was a prolific writer, writing from his monk’s cell for the outside world which rather astonished me. He also had quite an international reputation. Never mind being witty and thoroughly enjoying life up to the full until his untimely death at the age of fifty-three, twenty-seven years after he entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky.
I’ve always had a fascination for nuns and monks. Indirectly, I blame my father because he gave me a book to read The Nun of Monza. I couldn’t put it down and my interest grew from there. I don’t however believe that living in a monastery would suit my personality. Conversation is too important for me and to listen to other views.
As usual, I was intrigued by the title and it transpires that Merton uses the seven-tiered mountain (Dante’s image of Purgatory) as a symbol of the modern world.
The attention to detail throughout the book is remarkable and so you must trust me and read it. Believe me, I know that you will not only like this book but be enthralled by it.
Read information about the authorThomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of inter-religious dialogue, engaging in spiritual dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and D. T. Suzuki. His life and career were suddenly cut short at age 53, when he was electrocuted stepping out of his bath.
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