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Author QuotedLucille Hasley
Title QuotedReproachfully Yours
Date (Year/Month/Day)1953/10/19
QuotationWhen he came back from the General Chapter, our Reverend Father Dom James spoke to me about the affair of that book published in England with an advertisement that shocked the Reverend Mother Abbess of Stapehill [Merton's endorsement of Lucile Hasley's Reproachfully Yours]. I understand her attitude well. I had never known that this indiscretion on my part had gotten to be known as far away as England. This rather un-monastic remark, which I had made in a private letter to the lady who had written the book, had scandalized nobody in the States. But I do think that in England they find it unpardonable. I am very sorry for it. I do not want to defend myself, but to reassure you a little, Most Reverend Father, I will say that this remark was made by me four years ago. I did not understand then all the repercussion of each of my words, but now I am beginning to become, I hope, a little more prudent.
Quotation SourceThe School of Charity: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Renewal and Spiritual Direction.; Selected and edited by Brother Patrick Hart. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1990, p. 67
Letter toDom Gabriel Sortais
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