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Because of the careful research that O'Connell has pursued in editing this text, the book is a dialogue with today's scholars. O'Connell traces connections through related correspondence and other published texts by Merton, and the result is that we want to go back to Cassian.
Cistercian Studies Quarterly
. . . it is a strength of the book that it allows rare insight into the intimate connection between a scholar and what he studied. . . . There possessed the scholarly acumen necessary to study such a complex subject but also made Cassian relevant in his daily life. Merton once remarked that ‘though Cassian I am getting back to everything’ (xi), and this publication will allow readers of all kings to get back to Cassian.
This book is worth waiting fifty years for. We are blessed in our times to know great teachers through their spoken and written words, but this book is more than another translation this book is a transmission, an ‘initiation into the monastic tradition.
Mary Margaret Funk, OSB The Merton Seasonal
This volume provides a useful presentation of Merton as teacher of monks and makes him available to a much larger public than the novices for whom he composed these notes.
Revue d'Histoire Ecclesiastique
for the reader who values Merton as a guide to contemplative spirituality, this volume provides a second look at Thomas Merton.
Revue d’Histoire Ecclesiastique