By Thomas Merton,Patrick F. O'Connell,John Eudes Bamberger
• at the Carta Caritatis, or constitution of Charity, the foundational record of the Order of Cîteaux
• at the Consuetudines, the twelfth-century selection of customs and rules of the Order
• at the twentieth-century Constitutions of the Order, the fundamental principles in which Merton and his scholars truly lived on the time
those meetings shape a necessary a part of the final photograph of Cistercian monastic existence that Merton supplied as a part of his venture of “initiation into the monastic culture” that's obtrusive within the vast number of classes that he prepare and taught over the interval of his mastership.
As Abbot John Eudes Bamberger, ocso, himself a former pupil of Merton, notes in his preface to this quantity, “The texts provided during this current e-book ultimately gave upward thrust to the Cistercian manner of religious residing that maintains to give a contribution to the Church’s witness during this new millennium. This ebook is a witness to the method of transformation that guarantees the continuity of the Catholic monastic culture that witnesses to the God who, as Saint Augustine saw is ‘ever outdated and ever new.’”
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