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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