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Author QuotedEtienne Gilson
Title QuotedMystical Theology of Saint Bernard / translation from the French: La théologie mystique de Saint Bernard
Date (Year/Month/Day)1950/04/22
ImprintLondon : Sheed and Ward. 1940
QuotationYour St. Bernard mystique is altogether admirable because, while being simple and fluent, it communicates to the reader a real appreciation of St. Bernard's spirituality. You are wrong to consider your treatment of St. Bernard superficial. It is indeed addressed to the general reader, but for all that it is profound and all-embraing and far more valuable than the rather technical study which I undertook for Collectanea [Cisterciensia] and which, as you will see on reading it, was beyond my capacity as a theologian. The earlier sections especially, in my study, contain many glaring and silly errors - or at least things are often very badly expressed there. If I write a book on the saint I shall try to redeem myself, withoug entering into the technical discussions that occupy M. Gilson in his rather brilliang study.
Quotation SourceSurvival or Prophecy? The Letters of Thomas Merton and Jean Leclercq.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2002, p. 7
Letter toDom Jean Leclercq, o.s.b.
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