The climate39 of monastic prayer merton says is the desert the monastic community but this wonderful book from his last years is for all of usmerton shows us something he pushed for from the start151that prayer is our breathing not just close to our life and experience but totally wound up with every moment of our consciousness every minute of everyday existence. Thomas merton the climate of monastic prayer also published with the title contemplative prayer cistercian publications 2005 and other editions mertons interest in the christian east arose partly from his desire to recapture the spirituality of the early desert fathers from which his own cistercian benedictine tradition descended. The climate of monastic prayer has 10 ratings and 3 reviews harry said this was the last manuscript that thomas merton fr louis ocso wrote comple. The climate of monastic prayer begin benedict benedictine bernard called canonical hours christ christian church cistercian fathers cistercian studies series climate of monastic complacency conflict contemplative prayer dark night deep deepest desert father desire devoted devotio moderna divine dread efforts emptiness enter evagrius . The climate in which monastic prayer flowers is that of the desert where human comfort is absent where the secure routines of the earthly city offer no support and where prayer must be sustained by god in the purity of faith
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