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Author QuotedRaïssa Maritain
Title QuotedGrandes Amities: Souvenirs
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/11/11
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1965
QuotationAt supper-read a few pages [in Les Grandes Amities: Souvenirs, reprinted 1965] of Raïssa Maritain on [Ernest] Psichari and his conversion. His delight at his progress toward Catholicism in the desert. All that is so familiar and comforting. Before World War I, written during World War II when all the issues were clear. And now nothing is clear-and as for Psichari himself, his love of the army and so on-it is seen to be an illusion. Was all that was clear equally an illusion? It is so comforting to read of him coming back to Mother Church, and to the continuity of centuries of Christendom. But where is all that now? What a void! We need a grimmer faith than he did!
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. 315
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