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Author QuotedThomas Aquinas
Title QuotedDe Divinis Moribus
Date (Year/Month/Day)1963/01/18
QuotationCleaned out the room yesterday. What a relief! That even the order of my room-is pleasing to God (as well as to myself and to those others who benefit by it) I am encouraged to believe by St. Thomas' De divinis moribus [On the Divine Customs]. What a perfect little treatise! What moral beauty! It is short and easy and needs to be translated, and really I think I must do it. How far it is from the confusion and moral squalor of our time, and from our peculiar problem of truth. Such an agonizing problem because potentially good and really gifted people, revolting against the standardized lies of our society, seek truth in evil and perversion, and thus defeat themselves, confirming all in evil and in lies. This because God has entirely disappeared from all our mental vision.
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. 290
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