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Author QuotedIsaac of Stella
Title QuotedSermones
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/12/05
QuotationMagnificent light in the lapidary sentences of Isaac of Stella. Fire struck from stone: but how marvelous! His Easter sermon-deep, deep intuition of faith as a resurrection because it is an act of obedience to God considered as supreme life. What matters is the act of submission to infinite life, to the authority of Creative and Redemptive Life, the Living God. Faith is this submission. The interior surrender of faith cannot have its full meaning except as an act of obedience. I.e. self-commitment in submission to God's truth in its power to give life; and to command one to live.
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 72
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