First Edition of Thomas Merton's What are These Wounds?
What are These Wounds? The Life of a Cistercian Mystic: Saint Lutgart of Aywieres.
Item Number: 67983
Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1950.
First edition of Merton’s interpretation of the life of St. Lutgarde, a thirteenth centiry saint and mystic who chose the way of La Trappe as her path to God. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear.
In this work Merton gives to St. Lutgarde wider significance than is normally provided her by pointing out that she was the forerunner of St. Margaret Mary and the institution of the Feast of the Sacred Heart. The claim is based upon her mystical vision of the pierced Heart of the Savior. The story of St. Lutgarde as related by Merton abounds in mystical visions, stigmata and miracles.