A Book of Hours

A Book of Hours

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Thomas Merton was the most popular proponent of the Christian contemplative tradition in the twentieth century. Now, for the first time, his most lyrical and prayerful writings have been arranged into A Book of Hours, which provides such a rich resource for daily prayer and contemplation that imitates the increasingly popular ancient monastic practice of "praying the hours". Editor Kathleen Deignan mined Merton's voluminous writings, arranging prayers for Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Dark for each of the days of the week. A Book of Hours gives readers a wide spectacle of texts, with psalms, prayers, readings, and reflections.

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 134.62 x 177.8 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Ave Maria Press
  • Notre Dame, INUnited States
  • English
  • ill
  • 1933495057
  • 9781933495057
  • 39,396

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A Book of Hours reveals in ways I have never experienced the hidden wellspring of Merton's contemplative life and art. This is a gorgeous book, beautifully conceived and intelligently executed. Deignan has woven a tapestry of Merton's prayer, prose, and poetry at their most ardent so as to re-educate our awareness that God is Beautiful and most worthy of our daily praise. This five-star book will snugly fit the pocket of your heart.

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About Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, (January 31, 1915 - December 10, 1968) was an American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. He has written over 70 books.

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