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Title QuotedApophthegmata Patrum
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/09/09
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1858
QuotationFor my own part (witness The Wisdom of the Desert) I purposely edit the material in a way that seems to me to be attractive and interesting. I make it my own and do what I like with it. This is extreme left-wing activity, and one can do it with something that has been done over and over like the Apothegmata. I am fortunately in a position to do this if I want to, and the scholars can, as we say in this country, go and cry in their beer for all I care. This is shockingly independent and un-humble, I am afraid. Perhaps I will feel remorse when I examine my conscience at noon today, but I doubt this very much. Perhaps you had better send an urgent call to the Carmelites to pray for me.
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 345
Letter toEtta Gullick
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