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Vol. 59, No. 1, November

A Course in Christian Mysticism: Thirteen Sessions with the Famous Trappist Monk
A Course in Christian Mysticism: Thirteen Sessions with the Famous Trappist Monk. By Thomas Merton. Edited by Jon M. Sweeney. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Pp. 235. $19.95.Think college course. Think syllabus. Think lecture notes. Think well-read...
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The Climate of Monastic Prayer
The Climate of Monastic Prayer. By Thomas Merton. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. Pp. 156. $19.95.Without the spirit or contemplation in all our worship... the liturgy will not nourish a really Christian apoštoláte.... Without this contemplative...
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The Jesuits and Italian Universities, 1548-1773
The Jesuits and Italian Universities, 1548-1773. By Paul F. Grendler. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 505. $34.95 (paper).No Catholic religious order is as famous for its schools as the Jesuits. Works on Jesuit...
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Vol. 56, No. 2, May

Theater and Spectacle in the Art of the Roman Empire
Theater and Spectacle in the Art of the Roman Empire. By Katherine M. D. Dunbabin. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2016. Illus. Pp. 328. Hardcover $99.95; Paperback $45.00.This beautifully written, profusely illustrated account of the ways...
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Vol. 55, No. 2, May

Gratia Gratis Data: Claudel's Concept of Poet and Poetry
In an essay intended as a conclusion to a series of modern critical reflections on Claudel's work, Pierre-Henri Simon observed that Claudel's fundamental mission was to "dedicate the creation to the Creator through the word" and that "he, the poet" would...
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Vol. 54, No. 2, May

Thomas Izod Bennett, MD and Thomas Merton: A History and Examination of Their Interaction *
Thomas Izod Bennett (1887-1946) is primarily remembered for his role in the life of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton. While Merton is the better known of the two individuals, the purpose of this paper is to describe Bennett's life and character and to...
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The Whale and the Ivy-Journey and Stability in the Life and Writings of Thomas Merton
"Poverty," Thomas Merton once said, "is a cinch. Chastity is harder but manageable. Obedience is a bugger!" (Letters from Tom 8) In that statement which Merton made to "Ping" Ferry it is interesting to note that he makes no reference to two other vows...
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Awakening in the Garden: Thomas Merton's Discovery of Paradise *
Tell me the landscape in which you live And I will tell you who you are.-Ortega y GassetIn the Christian Bible, the Gardens of Eden and Gethsemane are places of both sorrow and grace. Eden, according to Genesis, recedes into the background with the ejection...
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Thomas Merton Centennial Book Reviews
Perhaps most enduring about Thomas Merton's legacy is his ability to transcend false binaries. He was at one and the same time a contemplative mystic and a social activist; a quiet pacifist and a vociferous social critic; committed to silence and an...
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Thinking through Thomas Merton: Contemplation for Contemporary Times
Thinking through Thomas Merton: Contemplation for Contemporary Times. By Robert Inchausti. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2014. Pp. vii, 172. $19.95.Portrait of a Performance ArtistAt the outset of the book, Professor Inchausti correctly notes the challenge...
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Simply Merton: Wisdom from His Journals
Simply Merton: Wisdom From His Journals. By Linus Mundy. Cincinnati: Franciscan Media, 2014. Pp. xxii, 138. $14.99.With the centenary of the birth of Thomas Merton on January 31st this year the "Merton industry," a phrase coined by Merton himself, has...
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Divine Discontent: The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton
Divine Discontent: The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton. By John Moses. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. Pp. xxiii, 242. $32.95.In Divine Discontent: The Prophetic Voice of Thomas Merton, John Moses, former dean of London's St. Paul's Cathedral,...
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Thomas Merton: Selected Essays
Thomas Merton: Selected Essays. Edited by Patrick F. O'Connell. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2013. Pp. xviii, 528. $50.00.The first question readers new to the work of Thomas Merton often ask is: Where do I begin? Given the volume and breadth of Merton's...
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In the Valley of Wormwood: Cistercian Blessed and Saints of the Golden Age
In The Valley of Wormwood: Cistercian Blessed and Saints of the Golden Age. By Thomas Merton. Edited by Patrick Hart, OCSO. Collegeville: Cistercian Publications, 2013. Pp. xxvii, 438. $39.95.This rather enigmatic title is typical of the strange, symbolic...
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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: The Correspondence of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: The Correspondence of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer. Edited By F. Douglas Scutchfield and Paul Evans Holbrook Jr. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014. Pp. xxiii, 333. $40.00.In addition to the five volumes...
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Vol. 54, No. 1, November

Christine De Pizan's Vision for the Exemplary Parenting of Mother Marina*
"For as low as human nature fell through this creature woman, was human nature lifted higher by this same creature."1The work of the writer Christine de Pizan continues to generate scholarly attention across disciplinary boundaries for its insights into...
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Vol. 53, No. 2, May

Peter of John Olivi. A Treatise on Contracts: A Review of Sylvain Piron's Pierre De Jean Olivi. Traité Des Contrats
Sylvain Pirón, the French medievalist, has not only completed the work of publishing Peter of John Olivi's contribution to economic thought in the Middle Ages in an exemplary edition. He has also given us sound counsel on reading it.Brother Peter of...
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Vol. 52, No. 2, May

Milton and Obedience
In Apology for Smectymnuus (1642) John Milton says of himself: "For I Readers, shall always be of this opinion, that obedience to the Spirit of God, rather than to the faire seeming pretences of men, is the best and most dutifull order that a Christian...
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