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Author QuotedFlannnery O'Connor
Title QuotedEverything That Rises Must Converge
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/04/30
Imprint[S.l.] : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1965
QuotationHaving just finished Flannery O'Connor's new book [Everything That Rises Must Converge], I can easily believe that this country has got seven devils in it and a few more perhaps besides, and that the American illusion of innocence and universal messianism is now about to unleash THE worst war that ever happened, maybe the final one. It seems to me that only some kind of direct intervention of Providence can prevent it. But since God is on the side of the poor, it is quite possible that rather than let us wreck so many innocent people, he might intervene and let us blow up some of our own stuff and have an accident that would set us back hard enough to shut us up for a while.
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. 221
Letter toW. [Ping] H. Perry
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