- Paperback: 101 pages
- Publisher: Paulist Pr; 1 edition (March 3, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809145219
- ISBN-13: 978-0809145218
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,547,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas Merton: Master of Attention: An Exploration of Prayer Paperback – March 3, 2008
Robert Waldron skillfully explores the connections between the development of Merton's life of prayer and Simone Weil's emphasis on attention and grace in a way that opens the subject to all who seek to practice contemplation. In this inspiring book we are gently but wisely led through increasing insight to a deepening of our own prayer life. An essential read for the curious, the serious, and all Merton readers. -- Fiona Gardner, Chair of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland and author of Journeying Home and The Four Steps of Love
Thomas Merton: Master of Attention is a compelling book from the heart not only of Waldron's scholarship, but of his own lay monastic interior life. From his own inbound adventures Waldron really knows of what he writes; a truly authentic author. This is a 'must read' for all those of a spiritual persuasion, Christian or otherwise. -- Richard Whitfield, formerly Wardon of St. George's House, Windsor Castle
Whether Buddhist, Sufi, or Christian, whether captivated by art, nature, poetry, or lectio divina, Waldron's readers will discover how to see more deeply and thus be in touch with the Cosmic Divine. -- Monica Weis, SSJ, Professor of English, Nazareth College of Rochester
About the Author
Robert Waldron has written extensively on the life and work of Thomas Merton. He lectures on Merton, has written for several literary and religious journals, and directs Merton retreats.
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Waldron paints a vivid picture of Merton and explores aspects of the man and his spirituality not commonly considered. Following a lifetime of study, prayer and meditation, Merton came to know the power of attending, an act so simple yet so very profound. In so doing, he learned to transcend the mundane by being fully and prayerfully present to all that is.
One would do well to attend to this book!