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Author QuotedCassiodorus
Title QuotedDe Anima
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/06/10
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 540
QuotationWhat more beautiful or more appropriate than these lines of Cassiodorus where he speaks of the soul as a light, in the likeness of the divine light? Then of God: Illud autem quod ineffabile veneramur arcanum Quod ubique totum et invisibiliter praesens est Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus Una essentia et indiscreta majestas Splendor supra omnes fulgores, gloria supra omne praeconium Quod mundissima anima et Deo dedita potest quidem ex aliqua parte sentire sed non idonee explicare. Nam quemadmodum fas est de illo sufficienter dici qui creaturae sensu non potest comprehendi? [But that which we reverence as unspeakable secret which is everywhere totally and invisibly present Father, Son and Holy Spirit One essence and undivided majesty Splendor above all light, glory above all honor Which the purest soul dedicated to God can experience everywhere but not explain. For what can ever be said of this being who cannot be understood by his creatures?] [n.8: Merton will later publish a more refined translation of these lines in Conjecturesof a Guilty Bystander (New York, 1966), pp 208-9]
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 226-27
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