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Author QuotedEckhart
Title QuotedMeister Eckhart / Meister Eckhart ; a modern transl. by Raymond Bernard Blakney
Date (Year/Month/Day)1959/06/28
ImprintNew York : Harper & Row. [c1941]
QuotationOpened a new translation of Eckhart, and immediately hit upon this: "Obedience has no cares, it lacks no blessings. Being obedient, if a man purifies himself, God will come to him in course; for where he has no will of his own, then God will command for what God would command for Himself"¦ When I do not choose for myself, God chooses for me." I am sure now that it has been a temptation, all along, to think that by staying here where I like to pray in the woods I would be cuddling in self-love.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 298
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