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Author QuotedJohn of the Cross
Title QuotedObras de San Juan de la Cruz / edit. y anot. por P. Silverio de Santa Teresa
Date (Year/Month/Day)1948/10/31
ImprintBurgos : "El Monte Carmelo. 1929-1931
QuotationBeautiful stuff in a Letter of St. John of the Cross to the Nuns of Beas (Carta V) [Letter 5, vol. 3]: Veremos las riquezas ganadas en el amor puro y sendas de la vida eternal y los pasos hermosos que dan en Cristo, cuyos deleite y corona son sus esposas: cosa digna de no andar por el suelo rodando, sino de ser tornada en las manos de los Angeles y serafines, y con reverencia y aprecio la pongan en la cabeza de un señor. [We shall see what wealth you have gained in pure love and in the paths of eternal life and what excellent progress you are making in Christ, Whose brides are His delight and crown: and a crown deserves not merely to be sent rolling along the floor, but to be taken by the angels and seraphim in their hands and set with reverence and esteem on the head of their Lord.] Nobody ever writes us Trappists a letter like that.
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. 240
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