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Author QuotedBernardus of Clairvaux
Title QuotedDe Diligendo Deo
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/04/08
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QuotationS. BERNARDI DE DILIGENDO DEO. Causa diligendi Deum, Deus est; modus, sine modo diligere. Cap. 1. ["The cause of loving God, is God Himself; the way to love Him, is without any limit."] Dignitatem in homine liberum arbitrium dico: in quo ei nimirum datum est ceteris non solum praeeminere, sed et praesidere animantibus. Scientiam, vero, qua eamdem in se dignitatem agnoscat, non a se tamen. Porro virtutem, qua subinde ipsum a quo est, et inquirat non segniter, et teneat fortiter cum invenerit. Cap. 2. ["I call free will the dignity of man: in this he is set above and also rules over all other living things. His knowledge consists in knowing that he has this dignity, but also that it doesn't come from him. His virtue is that by which he immediately seeks eagerly the One from whom he exists and holds on to Him strongly when he has found Him."]
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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