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Author QuotedFather Raymond Flanagan O.C.S.O.
Title QuotedRelax and Rejoice
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/08/20
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QuotationI regret less some of the recent poetry, and especially Cables and Lograire. I wish I had done more creative work and less of this trivial, sanctimonious editorializing. Easy enough to see that Fr. Raymond's new book [Relax and Rejoice] is a sick joke. (Half the community is laughing at it-he could not even sell it to Bruce and Co., and had to print it privately-but now claims this was due to a "liberal plot" to suppress the "truth" which he alone reveals!) But is my stuff any less ridiculous? I wonder. Of course one has a duty to speak out. But as soon as you attach yourself to a "caus" your perspective gets distorted.
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 156
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