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Author QuotedJohn of the Cross
Title QuotedPrecautions
Date (Year/Month/Day)1947/03/13
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QuotationSt. John of the Cross' Cautions are my food for this retreat and there couldn't be anything better as a preparation for vows. Also, I realize more and more that the great works of St. John of the Cross are not entirely comprehensible unless one also knows the Cautions, Maxims, Letters, and anecdotes about his life. For instance what he says about directors in The Living Flame must be qualified by what he says on Superiors in the Cautions.
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. 46
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