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Merton's Correspondence with:

Fr. Filiberto Guala

Guala, Filiberto, Fr., O.C.S.O.  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1967-1968
Volume: 21 item(s); 32 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Fr. Filiberto Guala was a monk of the Cistercian abbey of Frattocchi which is near Rome. Pope Paul VI, a longtime friend of Guala, commissioned him and his Abbot, Francis Decroix, to write up a "Message of Contemplatives" to present to a Synod of Bishops. Merton and others were asked to contribute and much of Merton's addition was used. (Source: The School of Charity, p. 344.)

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See also published letters from Merton to Guala in The School of Charity, pp. 344-345, 346, 349-350 (these two pages not in published index), 359-360, 371-373 and 382.

Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1967/08/18 TLS to Merton After writing the letter of Dom Francesco I visited Mons. Macchi: he will actively participate «detailed view»
2. 1967/08/28 (#01) TALS to Merton Saturday the 26th we received your letter of the 22nd to Dom Francisco-- and today yours of the 24th «detailed view»
3. 1967/08/28 (#02) other   Sviluppando l'indizio suggerito da Gesù nel Vangelo di S.Luca: ......là dov'è il corpo là si [labeled "stralcio lettera 20.8.1967 di Giovanni Ermiglia"] «detailed view»
4. 1967/08/29 TL[c] from Merton This is just to tell you that I began working on the "message" the other day and got a fair amount «detailed view»
5. 1967/09/02 (#01) telegram to Merton IF PROFITABLE MAIL END OF WEEK [-] FILIBERTO [stamped "DUPLICATE OF TELEPHONED TELEGRAM"] «detailed view»
6. 1967/09/02 (#02) HNS to Merton from Filli Burton [Filiberto?] message - If profitable mail end of week [stamped "DUPLICATE OF TELEPHONED TELEGRAM"] «detailed view»
8. 1967/09/06 TL[c] from Merton First of all, thank you for the moving witness of G. Ermiglia, a very fine document. Unfortunately «detailed view»
9. 1967/09/08 HLS to Merton here is the history of the week: Monday: received the message text. I was happily «detailed view»
10. 1967/09/21 HCS to Merton Yesterday I received your paper and I am sending it to the Secretary. Point b) at page 7 - «detailed view»
11. 1967/09/26 HLS to Merton When my letter of Sept. 21st reached Mons. Macchi (with your paper «Openness and cloisters») «detailed view»
12. 1967/10/01 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter of Sept. 26th, receivedyesterday [sic]. I am happy to hear that the question «detailed view»
13. 1967/10/03 (#01) other   MESSAGE DE MOINES CONTEMPLATIFS AU SYNODE DES EVEQUES [-] Pendant qu'est réuni [type annotated draft of a text of a "Message of Contemplatives" for Pope Paul's plan for a Synod of Bishops on this subject - Merton sent Guala much material to be included in this document] «detailed view»
14. 1967/10/03 (#02) HLS to Merton this is a copy of the text, not yet definitive - which I presented yesterday to Mons. Macchi for his [type annotated draft of a text of a "Message of Contemplatives" for Pope Paul's plan for a Synod of Bishops on this subject - Merton sent Guala much material to be included in this document] «detailed view»
15. 1967/10/06 HLS to Merton As you can see by comparing the enclosed first text of the message with the one I sent a few days «detailed view»
16. 1967/10/13 TL[c] from Merton Many thanks for the copy of Epoca which arrived last evening. A very fine interview with the Holy «detailed view»
17. 1967/12/21 HLS to Merton [handwriting in Italian - difficult to read] «detailed view»
18. 1967/12/28 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your kind letter with the greetings and news of the article I am praying-- a little late! «detailed view»
19. 1968/03/11 HLS to Merton In December the Abbot General S.O. Cist. (as representative of the monks at the Synod) was requested «detailed view»
20. 1968/03/20 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your letter. I am interested to hear that there will be a "commentary" on the message, «detailed view»
21. 1968/06/04 TL[c] from Merton Recently I had a meeting with some contemplative nun superiors and an American bishop. «detailed view»

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