“Many of the things said in this book could be said much better by somebody else, and have been said better already by the saints. The author has tried to say them in the language of the men of our time and he insists that it is his most earnest wish to be understood, in all his statements, in the light of Catholic doctrine.

“If there is anything in these pages that cannot be reconciled with the teaching of the Church, it is to be considered as automatically deleted.”

~ Fr. Thomas Merton, OCSO, “Preface to the Revised Edition,” Seeds of Contemplation (1949)

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