|F.D. Joret o.p.
|[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1937I
|Talking about the active apostolate: the Thomist got after me for something I said. I felt it was rather flattering, on the whole, for a third year theology student to be refuted by one of the foremost magazines in the country. They got me on a technicality"”it concerns the material included in pp. 414 to 419 of the Mountain. It seems to me that what I was trying to say was obvious enough: first that no matter what state of life you belong to, one can and should lead a life of close union with God, and even be something of a contemplative, and share the fruits of that contemplation one way or another. And I also wanted to say that it seemed to me that since the preaching Orders were engaged in "active works that by their nature flow from the fulness of contemplation" that they were also committed, ipso facto, to contemplation, Nemo dat quod non habet. I find the same thing stated much more strongly than I made it in Joret's Dominican Life (pp. 82, 83). I mention this so that you can tell anyone where to get off if they say I am a heretic.
|The Road to Joy: Letters to New and Old Friends.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / [S.l.] : Flame. 1990, p. 305
|Daniel Clarc Walsh
|Link to Merton's Copy
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