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Author QuotedJacques Maritain
Title Quotedpaysan de la Garonne : un vieux laïc s'interroge à propos du temps present
Date (Year/Month/Day)1966/10/13
ImprintParis : Desclee de Brouwer. 1966
QuotationOn the evening of the 6th - Jacques Maritain, John H. Griffin, Penn Jones and Babeth Manual arrived. A wonderful visit. On the morning of the 7th they came to the hermitage (bright, cool). I read some poems for them. In the afternoon we went out to the woods. Late Mass for them all in the temporary exterior chapel which I liked. It was a beautiful mass, which as a matter of fact, to please Jacques, I said all in Latin and all in the old way. He was delighted. Began then reading his book - the new one - which he gave me in page proofs, Le Paysan de la Garonne [The Peasant of the Garonne]. It is perhaps a bit self-conscious: he is very aware of himself as "Le vieux [the old] Jacques" and half apologetic, but says I think some very telling things about the novelty hunters and the superficial advocates, change in a naively progressive way ("anything is good as long as it's something new"). The morning in the hermitage was good because they liked the bits of "Edifying Cables" I read to them. That was encouraging. Jack Ford and Dan Walsh were also there, and they came in the afternoon too.
Quotation SourceLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 148
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