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Author QuotedBenet of Canfield
Title QuotedRule of Perfection
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/03/05
QuotationI am reading Part III of Benet with the very greatest interest. It is true that he has a welter of divisions and subdivisions which I rather regret, but in between there are some marvelous passages. I find him very like Eckhart. We do have to open our hearts and "flow with God" with self-forgetfulness and the renunciation of mental objects, even the highest forms. In this of course we must always be called and led. He makes it clear. We are too rational. We do not permit anything to remain unconscious. Yet all that is best is unconscious or superconscious. Yes, the first and second mean are superb. I am not a professional San Juanist and have no more labels by which to be known. I think The Ascent [to Truth] is my worst book, except for two early ones "¦
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. 340
Letter toEtta Gullick
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