L'Amour des lettres et le désir de Dieu
Collection Initiations au Moyen Âge
288 pages - nov. 2008
This book is an initiation to monastic authors of medieval times. Its title alone reveals its sensitivity and refinement of spirit and tone: ‘L'Amour des lettres et le Désir de Dieu’. The rich, discreet erudition deployed by Jean Leclercq for the reader’s benefit is not easily described. Published for the first time in 1957 by Éditions du Cerf, it became a classic thanks to the soundness of its contents and the sharpness of the author’s perception. But perhaps especially thanks to the integrity of the intellectual approach it reveals: scientific rigour and a desire for open discussion on the essential questions of human existence. There lies the secret of its lasting impact. But there is more to it than this, as Pope Benedict XVI indicated in his speech to the cultural world in Paris, September 12, 2008: “Thus, by inner necessity, the search for God demands a culture of the word or – as Jean Leclercq put it: eschatology and grammar are intimately connected with one another in Western monasticism. The longing for God, the désir de Dieu, includes the love of the word, exploration of all its dimensions. Because, in the biblical word, God comes to us and we go toward him, we must learn to penetrate the secret of language, to understand its construction and the manner of its expression. So it is through the search for God that the secular sciences take on their importance, sciences which show us the path towards language.” How could the stimulus and the contribution provided by Dom J. Leclercq on contemporary issues, literary and philosophical, theological and spiritual, be better expressed?
- Dimensions : 135x215x22
- ISBN : 9782204088473
- Poids : 380 grammes
Avec la collaboration de : Benoît XVI