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Description - The Spirit of Simplicity by Jean-Baptiste Chautard

Few people have ever seen or heard of The Spirit of Simplicity: it has been hidden for almost seventy years after quietly being published by the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1948. Anonymously translated and annotated by a young monk named Thomas Merton, the book's author-who also is not mentioned by name in the original edition-is Jean-Baptiste Chautard, the famous French Cistercian whose only other book, The Soul of the Apostolate, has been a favorite of modern saints and popes, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Every generation struggles with the question of simplicity. In the history of our faith, there have been no more eloquent voices calling us back to simplicity than the monks of the Cistercian Order, from Bernard of Clairvaux to Chautard to Merton-all of whom contribute to this powerful book. Merton surrounds Chautard's text with his own remarks on simplicity, translations of classic texts by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and commentary that allows readers to pursue the themes of simplicity in their own lives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781594717819
ISBN-10: 1594717818
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jean-Baptiste Chautard

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.