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Author QuotedJohn of the Cross
Title QuotedPrecautions
Date (Year/Month/Day)1947/03/20
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QuotationFor the rest of my religious life I want with God's help to dispose myself for His work in me, to which I am now totally consecrated, by learning to put into effect the Cautions and Counsels of St. John of the Cross. There is definitely a life's work there, but it means clearing away a tremendous amount of obstacles. It seems that this is the most effective, detailed, concrete, simple and practical set of rules of procedure I have ever seen. They even go into more fundamental detail than St. Benedict's chapter "De Zelo Bono" [RB 72: "The Good Zeal of Monks"] to which they are a kind of a complement although they may seem cold and negative.
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. 50
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