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Author QuotedAurelius Augustinus
Title QuotedExposition on the Book of Psalms
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/08/22
QuotationAnd I was turning over in my mind some sentences from St. Augustine's commentary on the 118th psalm. They concern the line, Bonitatem et disciplinam et scientiam doce me [Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge (Psalms 118:66)], which he reads as Suavitatem et eruditionem et scientiam doce me [Teach me docility and delight and knowledge]. Suavitatem-the wisdom that comes from delight in virtue. Disciplina-docility-the wisdom that is born of suffering.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 359
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