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ISBN-13: 9781594717819
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 11/10/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,282,199
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

One of the leading Catholic figures at the turn of the twentieth century, Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O. (1858–1935), was a French Trappist abbot and religious writer. He was integral in the expansion of his Cistercian Order, even achieving the purchase of Cîteaux Abbey in France, where Cistercianism began around 1100. Chautard was later responsible for new foundations in Belgium and Latin America. He is best known for his book, The Soul of the Apostolate, which has been translated into many languages. Several popes have recommended Chautard’s work, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who cited it during his visit to Lourdes in 2008.

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential spiritual masters of the twentieth century. 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. Merton wrote more than seventy books, mostly on spirituality, social justice, and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

Abbot Elias Dietz, O.C.S.O., is abbot of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Preface Abbot Elias Dietz, O.C.S.O. vii

Foreword Thomas Merton xv

Part 1 The Spirit of Simplicity: Characteristic of the Cistercian Order Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O. 1

Introduction 3

1 Interior Simplicity 7

2 Being True to Our Ideals 11

3 Simplicity in the Little Exordium 15

4 Anxiety to Preserve Simplicity 35

5 Let Us Die in Our Simplicity 43

Illustrations 51

Part 2 St. Bernard of Clairvaux on Interior Simplicity: Texts with Commentary Thomas Merton 69

Introduction 71

Text 1 Our Original Simplicity 75

Text 2 Intellectual Simplicity: Humility Is Truth 81

Text 3 Simplification of the Will: Obedience 93

Text 4 Simplification of the Will: Our Own Judgement 101

Text 5 Perfect Simplicity: Unity of Spirit with God 109

Afterword Abbot Elias Dietz, O.C.S.O. 113

Abbreviations 115

Notes 117

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