Jean Leclercq From Grace to Grace: Memoirs

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From Grace to Grace: Memoirs

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When Jean Leclerq entered the Abbey of Clervaux at age 17 in 1928, he wanted only to be a monk. In the years that followed he found "grace upon grace" as his desire for God and love of learning found rich expression in the life of a warm, joyful priest and internationally renowned monastic scholar. In these memoirs, translated from French, Leclerq relates fascinating details of his life: as a young and eager priest during WWII, as a non-combatant soldier, his opportunities to train as a scholar and seek out every known manuscript of Bernard of Clervaux in the libraries of Europe, and finally as an international ecumenical ambassador engaged in religious dialogue and travel to over 55 countries. As a globetrotter he used to joke that his vow of stability was to a Boeing 747 and says, "I am a model of in-stability; I go from enclosure to enclosure all over the world." He includes rich and amusing portraits of his friends, speaks about marriage and mission, and offers an intriguing theory about the death of Thomas Merton. Through these memoirs, written shortly before his death at Clervaux in 1993, Leclercq's readers travel with him on a journey of poignant grace.

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Jean Leclercq, OSB, is an internationally known monastic historian, best known in academic circles for his critical editions of the works of St. Bernard of Clervaux. He is also the author of "Love of Learning and Desire for God."

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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