Evelyn Waugh wanted to edit the English edition of The Seven Storey Mountain and has apparently already done so. I am glad. Also it seems he is going to do a feature for Life on the Church in America. The idea seems to be that there is a great Catholic revival in this country and that the future of the Church depends on us. That is all news to me. If we are supposed to be reviving, where are our saints?
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thomas Merton, 14 years before Vatican II
I'm reading The Sign of Jonas, which is a very personal journal that Thomas Merton kept from 1947 to 1952, about his life in the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani. He writes something I want to quote or remember on just about every page. Here's a paragraph from September 1948, ending with a throwaway remark that just nails it.