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Author QuotedThomas a Kempis
Title QuotedImitation of Christ
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/04/08
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1441
QuotationAnd they must; that is part of His kindness: for if church windows and psalms and hymns always filled us, every time, with the same consolation, the deception, then, would be real and terrible: for then we should mistake them for God, and turn to them from Him, just as we are apt to turn to human love, from His love, and be deceived in that, also. "I would not have any such consolation as robbeth me of compunction; nor do I wish to have such contemplation as leadeth to pride. For all that is high is not holy; nor is every pleasant thing good; nor every desire pure; nor is everything that is dear to us pleasing to God." Imitation of Christ, 2. 70.
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. 337
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