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Author QuotedAmmonas
Title QuotedAmmonii Eremitae Epistolae
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/02/18
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Quotation"Ut apud te mens nostra tuo depiderisfuequat quae si carnis maceratione cangiat." [Merton's loose translation follows.] The desire and need to be clothed in the light of the Spirit when in fact I am clothed in shame (and yet I see the shame itself also as grace!!). The wonderful power of the Letters of Ammonas and his mystical doctrine. It is to me impressive, beyond all the others, beyond John of the Cross and [Meister] Eckhart, not to say the lesser ones. It is the pure doctrine of Christian monastic mysticism.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 77
Link to Merton's Copy https://merton.bellarmine.edu/s/Merton/item/  [full text]