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Author QuotedLeon Bloy
Title QuotedMon Journal
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/09/18
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1904
QuotationLeon Bloy's Vocation (in a letter-Mon Journal, p. 71.) "Pourquoi ne supposeriez-vous pas que ma vocation est peut-être unique? Longtemps avant d'avoir ecrit une seule ligne, j'avais compris que le sacrifice de tout bonheur terrestre m'etait demande et j'avais accompli ce sacrifice. Je recom-mande à votre attention les pages du Desespere, de 179 à 184. Ce sont, je crois, les plus centrales du livre, celles qui expliquent tout"¦." ["Why don't you think that my vocation is at all unique? Long before I wrote even one line, I had realized that I was required to sacrifice all earthly happiness, and I had fulfilled that sacrifice. I bring to your attention the pages of Desèspere, 179-184. These are, I believe, the most important pages of the book, the ones that explain everything"¦."]... ""¦Eh bien, si le don d'ecrire m'a ete accorde, n'est-il pas infiniment plausible de conjecturer quej'ai surtout la mission d'agir sur lea¢mes?" ["And so, if I have a writer's talent, isn't it quite reasonable to suppose that I have a primary mission to work for souls?"]
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 409
Letter to 
NotesDoes Merton compare his own vocation with that of Bloy?
Link to Merton's Copy