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Author QuotedIrenaeus of Lyon
Title QuotedAdversus Haereses
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/08/26
QuotationSuperb passage from Irenaeus (Adversus Haereses, IV XXXIX.2. col. 1110): "Si ergo opera Dei es.... etc. " ["If you are the work of God wait patiently for the hand of your artist who makes all things at an opportune tim"¦. Give to Him a pure and supple heart and watch over the form which the artist shapes in you"¦lest, in hardness, you lose the traces of his fingers. By guarding this conformity you will ascend to perfection"¦. To do this is proper to the kindness of God; to have it done is becoming to human nature. If, therefore, you hand over to Him what is yours, namely, faith in Him and submission, you will see his skill and be a perfect work of God.]
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. 285
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