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Author QuotedAurelius Augustinus
Title QuotedCity of God
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/12/23
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QuotationSt. Augustine, of Adam in Eden: vivebat fruens Deo, ex quo bono erat bonus [He lived in the joy of God, and by the power of this good he was good himself]. It is very quiet now in the vault where I pause in my work on the City of God. I am supposed to be doing a preface for Random House. The work feeds me, strengthens me, knits my powers together in peace and tranquility. The light of God shines to me more serenely through the wide open windows of Augustine than through any other theologian. Augustine is the calmest and clearest light.
JournalEntering 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. 384
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