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Author QuotedAntonin Gilbert Sertillanges
Title QuotedVie Intellectuelle; son exprit, ses conditions ses methodes
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/02/13
ImprintParis : La Revue des Jeunes. 1944
QuotationOn the other hand there could be a way of being humble and following Sertillanges, and nobody can say whether Mabillon was not a greater saint than de Rance. [Note 38: Jean Mabillon (1632-1707), the great Benedictine Maurist scholar, wrote Traite des etudes monastiques (1691) in response to de Rance's denunciation of monks engaged in scholarship, like Mabillon and his Maurist community.] But I have long since given up the idea that working with the kind of intellectual steam prescribed by Sertillanges for his Dominicans would be any vocation of mine.
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. 281
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