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Author QuotedJacques Maritain
Title QuotedLiturgie et contemplation / par Jacques et Raïssa Maritain ; pref. de Charles Journet
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/01/30
ImprintBruges : Desclee de Brouwer. [1959]
QuotationMany thanks for your valuable little book on Liturgy and Contemplation [Liturgie et contemplation, coauthored with Raissa]. I have read it with pleasure and deep agreement and am happy that you have spoken out, so clearly, on the misunderstandings and ambiguities of this pseudoproblem. It is certainly true that those who oppose one to the other are either false liturgists or false contemplatives, and it is doubly true that behind a lot of the insistence on liturgy is a purely human gregariousness. "Togetherness""”and a sort of boyscout mania for organized piety, I wonder what the reactions will be. I do not have to wonder, though. There will probably be the usual misunderstandings and recriminations.
Quotation SourceThe Courage for Truth: Letters of Thomas Merton to Writers.; Selected and edited by Christine M. Bochen. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1993, p. 28
Letter toJacques Maritain
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