volume 23, issue 1, P80-88 2016
DOI: 10.1080/14753634.2016.1199488
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Abstract: In August 1965 Thomas Merton (1970) went to live full-time in his hermitage. On the eve of his move he gave a talk to the novices of Gethsemani. He described his aspirations for the hermit life. His aim he said was "to put away all care, to live without care, to not have to care." He opposed this to the life of the world which "is a life of care… a life of useless care… self-defeating care… a life which cannot confront the inevitable fact of death." (p. 220) It seems to me that this vocation to carelessness be…

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