In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk's Memoir

In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk's Memoir

by Paul Quenon, Pico Iyer

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ISBN-13: 9781594717604
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 316,711
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Br. Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O., entered the Trappists in 1958 at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton was his novice master. Quenon is a photographer and the author of several books of poetry, including Unquiet Vigil—named a "Best Spiritual Book of the Year" by Spirituality & Practice and “Best Poetry Volume of the Year” by Hearts and Minds Books. Quenon coauthored Carved in Stone and also contributed spiritual reflections to other books.

Pico Iyer is a British author and Time magazine essayist who lives in Japan.

Table of Contents

Foreword Pico Iyer xi

Introduction to the Circle Dance 1

A Life of Song and Music 10

Thomas Merton, Novice Master 23

Nature, My Guru 41

A Week at the Hermitage 53

Our Golden Age of Hermitages 61

Prayer Nurtures Poetry 79

Battle of Wits with a Mockingbird 84

Emily Dickinson, Soul Sister 90

Contemplation and the Camera 99

Merton's Death as Seen from the Home Grounds 109

Unexpected Visitors 119

Final Judgment 130

Epilogue 133

Coda 137

Notes 138

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