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Author QuotedUn Religieux Chartreux
Title QuotedLa Vie Contemplative son rôle apostolique
Date (Year/Month/Day)1947/04/29
ImprintParkminster : [s.n.]. 1932
QuotationI read a little pamphlet from Parkminster on the contemplative, his place in the Church (not La Vie Contemplativ"”Son rôle apostolique). It was good but thin in spots. The historical argument that all the early monastic orders were considered as purely contemplative is weak because of equivocation in the term "contemplative." However, the Montreuil pamphlet is excellent. I do not cease to admire its solidity. Even this little, twenty-nine page thing from Parkminster seemed to insist that infused contemplation was the end of a contemplative vocation. The Carthusians are so clear on that point"”and we are not.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 69
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