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Author QuotedLeon Bloy
Title QuotedInvendable.
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/08/21
ImprintParis : Mercure de France. 1909
QuotationI am not as sore at religious as the Baroness [is]-or Leon Bloy. No reason why I should not be except for the Trappists. Charlie-who worked for the Baroness and wore Maritain's cast off overcoat all winter-is going into the Trappists-and is a good, humble guy-but she kidded him a lot, too, probably because he was entering an order. Reading Bloy's L'Invendable it is quite clear to me that what he was doing was a kind of "lay apostolat" (a fancy term I don't like so much), he had a definite vocation to write what he wrote-nobody knows, or can measure, the tremendous value of his writing, as apostolate. If he only converted one man, it would justify his whole life. But he converted Maritain and a pile of others, and was crucified for how many?
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 385-86
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