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Author QuotedAlan Orr Anderson
Title QuotedAdamnan's Life of Columba / and Marjory Ogilvie Anderson, editors and translators
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/07/12
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1962
QuotationDeeply moved by Adamnan's extraordinary life of St. Columba. A poetic work, full of powerful symbols, indescribably rich. Through the Latin (which is deceptive- and strange too) appears a completely non-Latin genius, and the prophecies and miracles are not signs of authority but signs of life, i.e., not signs of power conferred on a designated representative (juridically)-a "delegated" power from outside of nature, but a sacramental power of a man of God who sees the divine in God's creation.
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. 126
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