The Spirit of Simplicity


Translated and Annotated by Thomas Merton

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.

“This is a treasure of monastic spirituality.” – Rev. Daniel P Horan, O.F.M. – Author of The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton


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