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Author QuotedVladimir Lossky
Title QuotedÀ l'Image et à la Ressemblance de Dieu
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/09/21
ImprintParis : Aubion-Montaigne. 1967
Quotation"One will understand the extent to which the anthropological realities of our everyday experiences are deformed by sin and correspond little to the pure norms of the new creation which is being realized in the Church. Actually, the individual who possesses a part of nature and reserves it for himself, the subject who defines himself by opposition to all that which is not ‘I,' is not the person or hypostasis who shares nature in common with others and who exists as person in a positive relationship to other persons. Selfwill"¦ is not identical to the will of the new creation"”to the will which one finds in renouncing oneself, in the unity of the Body of Christ, wherein the canons of the Church make us recognize a common and individual will. Not the properties of an individual nature, but the unique relationship of each being with God"”a relationship by the Holy Spirit and realized in grac"”is what constitutes the uniqueness of a human person." [Note 8: Merton was reading and quoting from Vladimir Lossky (1903-1958), À I'lmage et à la Ressemblance de Dieu (Paris: Aubion-Montaigne, 1967). Cf. p.83.]
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. 187-88
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