Seasons of Celebration: Meditations on the Cycle of Liturgical Feasts

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Forty years after his death, fans of Thomas Merton—from a wide array of faith traditions—continue to consult the spiritual wisdom found in his voluminous writings.
Merton called Seasons of Celebration his "Liturgy book" and this edition includes a new foreword by renowned Merton scholar William H. Shannon. These essays remain timely in view of the ongoing liturgical renewal ...

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Overview

Forty years after his death, fans of Thomas Merton—from a wide array of faith traditions—continue to consult the spiritual wisdom found in his voluminous writings.
Merton called Seasons of Celebration his "Liturgy book" and this edition includes a new foreword by renowned Merton scholar William H. Shannon. These essays remain timely in view of the ongoing liturgical renewal initiated by Vatican II and are a must-read for those seeking to deepen their grasp of the liturgy and the cycles of the Church year.

Endorsements:
"Merton has accomplished what we continue to struggle to do: reunite liturgy and spirituality, and make liturgy the fountain of life."
David Fagerberg
Associate Professor of Theology, Liturgical Studies
University of Notre Dame

"A quiet joy echoes from its pages, the alleluia of a man who has sensed the glory of the coming of the Lord."
The Catholic World

Merton's writings are as important today as when they were originally published. Merton is concerned with showing how the liturgy breaks down dichotomies between temporal and spiritual worlds. In doing so, Merton makes clear that liturgical renewal is not something that can be imposed or legislated. Real liturgical renewal belongs to all members of the Church. It is the participation of every part of our lives in God's one cosmic liturgy. The more Merton's prose is formed by monastic life, the more it engages with the world beyond the monastery, combining the most realistic view of the world's ills with the greatest hope for redemption in the unfathomable depths of God's love.
William T. Cavanaugh
Professor of Theology
University of St. Thomas, St.Paul, MN

A rich and remarkably relevant collection! Merton challenges Christians to be and become a community of worship, a community of pardon, a community called to ongoing reform and renewal in liturgy and life. For Merton, celebrating the seasons of the liturgical year is an invitation to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of life in Christ.
Christine M. Bochen
Professor of Religious Studies
Nazareth College
Editor of Thomas Merton: Essential Writings

Writing as a monk of a contemplative order and as a man fully alive to his times, [Merton] is able to combine, as in so much of his writing, the deep insight of a man of prayer with a keen and vigorous appreciation of liturgy as renewed today. In these essays he considers the major liturgical themes from Advent to Easter so that their eternal meaning and relevance is made clear. It is a book that belongs to the monastic life which experiences liturgy as the pivot of daily life wherein the community continually realizes the mysteries of the Kingdom as "God in Christ reconciling the world to Himself." It is the essential function of the monk to live the liturgy in this way; when a monk is also able to communicate this interior heart of the liturgy to his contemporaries, as Fr. Merton does here, he offers a way in which new and unfamiliar liturgical forms can become again "wells of living water, springing up into eternal life" (John 4:14).
Cardinal Basil Hume

The book is full of useful, helpful, valuable, penetrating comments.
Rev. Robert W. Hovda
The Critic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594711701
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential spiritual masters of the twentieth century. A monk, poet, spiritual writer, and social activist, he is perhaps best known for his spiritual autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

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