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The author of the book: Thomas Merton
Edition: Liturgical Press
Date of issue: July 1st 1956
ISBN: 0814605486
ISBN 13: 9780814605486
Language: English
Format files: PDF
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This was a very disappointing book(let). Published in 1956, it offers the Catholic "party-line" on the Psalms in all ways, dutifully quoting St. Augustine along the way. Family prayers should be led by the father of the family (16), and the Psalms are seen as pre-figuring the life of Christ (35, and passim). There is no voice in this book that sounds like Merton. Either Merton had not yet found his voice, or he was dutifully doing what he was told.
He does emphasize the value of memorizing psalms. I agree with that. When I was pretty young I recall "wood burning" (some portion of) the 100th Psalm onto a board for Thanksgiving. I think this was done in school, so it must have been the early 1960's! And I always remember that the 100th Psalm is right in the middle of the whole Bible, making it easy to find:
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations."
That's worth learning by heart.

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Ebook Praying the Psalms read Online! Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of inter-religious dialogue, engaging in spiritual dialogues with the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and D. T. Suzuki. His life and career were suddenly cut short at age 53, when he was electrocuted stepping out of his bath.

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