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Author QuotedJohn of the Cross
Title QuotedLiving Flame of Love
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/05/23
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QuotationI can't read anything but St. John of the Cross. I opened The Living Flame at the line Rompe la tela de este dulce encuentro [Tear the veil of this sweet encounter]. The priesthood as an encounter of the substance of my soul with the Living God! I do not understand it yet. Perhaps I will know more about it on Thursday. Anyway, that will be my prayer: that more of the curtains may be taken away, and that the servitude of desires that burden my whole life may be diminished, and that I may be liberated and come closer to Him in the Mass-in every Mass I offer.
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. 314
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