In this series of deeply meditative retreat conferences, Christopher Pramuk leads the reader through a sustained meditation on Wisdom-Sophia, the feminine face of God's presence alive in the world, who speaks and sings in the writings of Thomas Merton. With the sensitivity of a poet and the intellectual acuity of a seasoned teacher and Catholic theologian, Pramuk invites readers to taste and see for themselves the hidden presence of Christ and the dynamism of Love at play in creation; the biblical and mystical tradition from East to West calls this presence Sophia. Looking beyond Merton to seek out her presence in the silent and broken landscapes of our world today, Pramuk shows Sophia above all to be the bearer of hope in an age of unspeakable violence and planetary destruction.
Christopher Pramuk is associate professor of theology at Xavier Universityin Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of Sophia: The Hidden Christ of ThomasMerton and Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters across the Color Line; he is also a contributor to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press. The recipient of the Catholic Theological Society of America's2009 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award, he has also received the International Thomas Merton Society's 2011 Thomas Merton Award and several best essay awards from the Catholic Press Association.