In Praise of the Useless Life. A Monk's Memoir by Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O.
‘Man’s unhappiness springs from one thing alone, his incapacity to stay quietly in one room’. This is a beautiful set of reflections by about a monk’s life. Quenon writes about the importance of solitude, how to pray, how to find rest in God and spiritual growth. It is not all deadly serious, though. There is plenty of charm and humour. I especially liked his battle with a certain little bird which disturbed his sleep.
Quenon also shares many anecdotes about his mentor Thomas Merton and how Merton helped him. He also gives details about Thomas Merton’s life and thoughts.
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