Friday, 10 August 2007


While at a Catholic bookshop in Kensington, run by the Daughters of St. Paul, I came across a Thomas Merton "Book of Hours" which was essentially poetic pieces of work snippered into sections corresponding to the sections of the Breviary. I think he would have been appalled to see his creations supplant the Psalms in any person's life of prayer.

Do not mistake the target of my ire ... Thomas Merton's writings are as balm to my soul. But supplanting the Scriptural rhythm of the hours wholly with devotional writings, however great, is to me a profound mistake.

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