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