Ways of Prayer: A Desert Father's Wisdom

Letto da: Thomas Merton
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Join Thomas Merton in exploring one of the most influential figures in the history of spirituality.

Born in the fourth century, Saint John Cassian (AD 360-435) lived when tensions between the traditional and innovative peaked. A monk and theologian, Cassian made the Christian tradition relevant for the needs of his day in his spiritual works. Indeed, his spirituality remains essential today; he influenced Saints Benedict and Ignatius of Loyola, and his works continue to be read worldwide.

Now you have the opportunity to discover the vitality of Cassian's philosophy of prayer with Thomas Merton in these remastered recordings of his lectures. A teacher par excellence, Merton breathes new life into ancient texts as he passes tradition onto novices. Merton's lectures are not didactic presentations about Cassian's teachings but rather an application of them for the modern world.

Cassian integrated Eastern monasticism into Western thought, and his conferences provide the principles of monastic life: unceasing prayer, charity, and asceticism. Especially compelling are his teachings about prayer and virtue and his examination of the "prayer of fire" as the goal of contemplation.

Merton guides you through these topics and more in his captivating conferences. You will discover why the mysticism of John Cassian is cherished in the monastic tradition and the wider Christian community alike. These conferences will inspire you as you explore your own spiritual life.

Photograph of Thomas Merton by Sibylle Akers. Used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

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  • 05/02/2018

Order of listening

In this series, the last chapter is actually the introduction. I recommend listening to it first. I feel almost like I personally met Merton in this series.

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  • 02/10/2019

Merton at his best

Great recording of Merton teaching... the combination of wisdom and humor as he involves novices in understanding prayer through the lens of Cassian.

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  • Skyelil Griminor
  • 29/11/2018

A classic Merton must- listen


Merton at his finest. Discusses Cassian and the way of prayer via desert spirituality. A must-listen.

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  • 28/04/2018

I am biased

I fell in love with this guy some time ago. He is a good conduit of Truth for me.

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  • 14/10/2018

Merton’s Cassian

Great teachers inspire those the teach. Merton does just that as he imparts discoveries and experiences to his audience, as well as today’s enquirer or listener. Seekers of wisdom, grace and faith will be encouraged by these conferences.

The lectures, punctuated by birdsong, the bells of the Office and abrupt class conclusions, reveal lives dedicated to the discipline of prayer within community. There is a sense of glimpsing the private lives and hearing private thoughts found within the monastery.

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  • Clive Smart
  • 29/07/2019

As an ex monk I could really appreciate this!

Merton meanders confidently like a seasoned swimmer relaxing with back strokes! in a world class of religious contention and heated debate by unholy know it alls-this is charming listening and took me back to the good parts of being a young monk brimming with ideals.
Merton covers a lot of ground on Cassian and some other church fathers. He has great humour and was clearly a great teacher! He is very interactive and interesting! I'm now a "protestant": I got the Gospel and got salvation by faith alone and by grace alone. But these lectures remind me of the depth of monastic and church tradition and it's dedication to the God filled pursuit of holiness. Of course as a reformed Christian it was obvious to me a distinct lack of serious biblical commentary free of monastic meanderings- but hey that's why I'm now evangelical: God's Word must reign supreme.
Merton has some fine tips for ecumenism: that we learn from each other- but can't escape descending into superficial caricature when describing the Protestant notion of sola fide and salvific assurance by faith alone. Nevertheless it's made me protest less! And I went to my local monastery today to Vespers!! I'll be getting more Merton audio lectures. But I won't be getting cosy with pope Francis and his buddies anytime soon!!
The final chapter is by a priest theologian who nicely introduces Cassian. This would actually be the best place to start for a fuller appreciation of Cassian and what Merton was trying to achieve in these spiritual conferences.