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Author QuotedBonaventura
Title QuotedItinerarium
Date (Year/Month/Day)1940/12/10
QuotationFor Saint Bonaventure there is no distinction between charity and sanctifying grace. Charity is sanctifying grace considered as oriented from man to God. Grace is charity considered as oriented from God to man. Grace is the beginning; without grace man cannot pray for grace. Justitia [justice] is the directing and making use of charity, working in charity. For Saint Thomas-sanctifying grace an entitative habit of soul and charity is a habit of that distinct faculty the will. Without grace the habit of charity is worthless: but charity does not occupy the whole soul. There is need of grace. [followed by a long quotation from Bonaventura's Itinerarium 1.7]
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. 275
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