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The Sound of Listening: A Retreat Journal from Thomas Merton's Hermitage [Paperback]

By Sj John Dear (Author)
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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   125
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  159752820X  
ISBN13  9781597528207  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Dear, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, peace activist, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader. He is also the author/editor of twenty books on peace and nonviolence. John was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. John lives in northern New Mexico. Visit his Web site at

John Dear currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. John Dear was born in 1959.

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Much muddled mention is made here upon the this site of the Reverend Father John Dear's recent publication of his partial autobiography A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World, a book we all do well to read well. No mention has been made of this year's other publication from the Reverend Father John Dear, SJ, Put Down Your Sword which more directly explores in depth the principle and practice of nonviolence as an essential element of our Faith.

In this present slim volume (of 125 pages) we may find further sources of this persistent ethic of peace and nonviolence from and in our great American priest and prophet, Father Dear. Recorded in Gethsemane beginning Sunday, November 16, 1996, anniversary of the brutal martyrdom of the Jesuit community in San Salvador by US directed forces (q. v. Death Foretold: The Jesuit Murders in El Salvador in El Salvador and [[ASIN:0883446995 Companions of Jesus: The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador and Witnesses to the Kingdom: The Martyrs of El Salvador and the Crucified Peoples]], and passing through the anniversary of the murder of JFK (q. v. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters these few but profoundly laden pages guide us through this Passion on the road to Peace, forgiveness and resurrection with Our Lord.

Along the way we find a wonderful and extended meditation on the Prayer traditionally ascribed to Saint Francis as instrument of peace, and how it calls to us here and now. We also find exegesis and reflection of the daily monastic liturgy heard by Father Dear, including the meaning of the Psalms of the day. And of course, as Father Dear spends that week within the hermitage of Father Merton, we find crucial passages from that great monk himself upon the meaning and the message and the necessity of Peace.

In the end we read a wonderful meditation of the Credo, beautifully interpreted by Father Dear, this great writer, a Credo we would do well to read in every Catholic oratory, in each Christian corner, a litany of belief to put into practice at each moment, ever more profoundly in oiur lives and in our world.

I cannot comprehend the other reviewer upon this page and I have read the same work; I would welcome reading it with Mr. Diaper. I find this slim volume one to carry always upon our lonesome pilgrimage towards Peace, a strengthening friend, and informative teacher, a true disciplinarian, a great comfort, consolation and strenth in a world at apparently endless and profitable war. We must never lose hope. Saint Maxiliman Kolbe wrote that hatred can never defeat Love as hatred is not creative. Similarly, Father Merton is here quoted upon page 49 in writing: "Life is on our side. The silence and the Cross of which we know are forces that cannot be defeated. ( . . .) It is Christ in us who drives us through darkness to a light of which we have no conception and which can only be found by passing through apparent despair. ( . . .) The resurrection is the only light, and with that light, there is no error."

Please join courageously with the Reverend Father John Dear, SJ, on this passage from darkness into light, from despair to hope, from war to peace, frmo division to Love. This is a blessed text from a profound retreat and we are lucky to have it. Please put it to its best use, and read it well today, tomorrow, always ever after.
To which audience is this book addressed?  Mar 5, 2001
A pleasantly presented sketch of the authors time in pray at the merton hermitage.It is simply written and the chapters are light and short. Positive points; 1.Readable and easy going format 2.Content broken up from time to time with stories and examples of daily life at the monastery 3.The book varies between the experience of the week at the hermitage and the authors daily life outside the monastery. Negative points; 1.The book is too much a parody of Merton. 2.The experiences expressed in the book do not seem to ring true given the short period of time spent in retreat. 3.It seems difficult to imagine to which audience the book is aimed.For those interested in the genuine eremtical life ,Merton's journals are recommended.For those interested in a spiritual retreat and journey,this book will offer you few concrete guidelines.However,Esther de Waal's book on Merton would seem to be a first choice for reference

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