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Author QuotedAnselmus of Canterbury
Title QuotedCur Deus Homo?
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/10/28
QuotationI have suddenly grasped the magnificent Chapter I.9 of Cur Deus Homo? [by St. Anselm]. Read it in the hospital and marked some of the right lines, but they had not struck deep. Here again, as in the Proslogion, Anselm's argument means little without an inner light that is spiritual rather than dialectical. Here it is a question of realizing that the Father did not drive the Son to death. Jesus was not "commanded to di" or "condemned to death" by the Father. He came into the world, was made man in order to love as man, to do all that was right. And to save His brothers. In doing "all justice," he comes to be condemned unjustly.
Quotation SourceDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 28
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