The Love of Learning and the Desire for God

Feast of St Ariadne the Martyr
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture by Jean Leclercq

Leclerq_Love_learning_square.jpgORIGINALLY presented as lectures to Benedictine novices over fifty years ago, this book conveys an immediacy and relevance that draws the reader into the neighborhood of ideas and culture that has so often rejuvenated ad renewed the wider Christian community. Leclercq offers countless insights into fundamental elements of Christian spiritual practice—reading, meditation, compunction, tears, biblical exegesis—without detracting from the two great themes indicated in the title. He discusses the origins and meaning of grammar on one page and on the next explores the “fellowship of the angels” as an image of monastic life, yet never seems random or discontinuous. We heartily affirm that this book is “the single indispensable guide for the study of monastic spirituality in the medieval West.”

282 pp. paper $25.00

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