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Author QuotedAurelius Augustinus
Title QuotedRefutation of the Pernicious Teaching of those who would deter men from entering Religious Life
Date (Year/Month/Day)1939/10/16
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QuotationSaint Thomas, in the Opusculum XVII, "Refutation of the Pernicious Teaching of those who would deter men from entereing Religious Life," quotes Saint Gregory, Morals, saying: "When my conscience was urging me to leave the world, many secular cares began to press upon me, as if I were to be detained in the world, not by love of its beauty, but by that which was more serious, viz, anxiety of mind. But at length, escaping eagerly from such cares, I sought the monastery gate."
JournalRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 58
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