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Author QuotedDietrich Hildebrand, von
Title QuotedIn Defense of Purity
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/07/04
QuotationTransformation in Christ is a difficult book, and I let the novices read it without however pushing them. On the other hand Von Hildebrand's Defense of Purity is, it seems to me, a superbly spiritual treatment of chastity. There is a lot about marriage in it, but I feel the novices ought to appreciate the married state which they are renouncing. What good to renounce it if they do not know its dignity? For a retiro however the needs might be different.
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. 145
Letter toSister Elaine M. Baine, o.s.f.
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