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Author QuotedF.D. Joret o.p.
Title QuotedDominican Life
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/02/24
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1937I
QuotationTalking about the active apostolate: the Thomist got after me for something I said. I felt it was rather flattering, on the whole, for a third year theology student to be refuted by one of the foremost magazines in the country. They got me on a technicality"”it concerns the material included in pp. 414 to 419 of the Mountain. It seems to me that what I was trying to say was obvious enough: first that no matter what state of life you belong to, one can and should lead a life of close union with God, and even be something of a contemplative, and share the fruits of that contemplation one way or another. And I also wanted to say that it seemed to me that since the preaching Orders were engaged in "active works that by their nature flow from the fulness of contemplation" that they were also committed, ipso facto, to contemplation, Nemo dat quod non habet. I find the same thing stated much more strongly than I made it in Joret's Dominican Life (pp. 82, 83). I mention this so that you can tell anyone where to get off if they say I am a heretic.
JournalThe Road to Joy: Letters to New and Old Friends.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / [S.l.] : Flame. 1990, p. 305
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