Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
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Norfolk. New Directions. 1949. Fifth Printing. Hardcover w. woven clothbound cover. Book Condition: Fine, small tear on top left corner. 201pp. (ill. in colour & b/w).
Thomas Merton is a singularly fascinating figure in American literature. he was a writer, poet, and member of the Columbia centered intelligentsia of New York who became a trappist monk, theologian, mystic, and proponent of interfaith understanding.
Written in a tone of clarity, humility, and tenderness, with the accumulated wisdom of the cloth, in Merton's own words, "this is the kind of book that writes itself almost automatically in a monastery, but perhaps that is why relatively so few books get written. There is too much passion and too much physical violence for men who want to reflect much on the interior life and its meaning. Yet since the interior life and contemplation are the things we most of all need - I speak only of the contemplation that springs of the love of God."
This copy contains a tipped-in b&w illustration on glossy paper of a stone statue of the Virgin and Christ.