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Following Merton into a "Useless Life" A Monk's Memoir

A life centered around prayer and baking fruitcakes (one of the main sources of revenue for the Abbey of Gethsemani) might seem, well, rather odd. Possibly it sounds frivolous, too. In a world of space travel and artificial intelligence, not to mention environmental degradation and extreme poverty, why would someone pledge their lives to a community of celibate confectioners who repeatedly interrupt their work to petition the divine eight times a day? Shouldn’t these able-bodied men be out in the world doing something? [Read more].

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