[Vision2020] Reference

Latimer Tyndale latimer.tyndale at gmail.com
Wed Sep 6 16:55:59 PDT 2006

 The Most Dangerous Man in the World  The most dangerous man in the world is
the religious leader who is guided by nobody. He trusts his own visions. He
obeys the attractions of an interior voice but will not listen to other men.
He identifies the will of God with anything that makes him feel, within his
own heart, a big, warm sweet interior glow. The sweeter and warmer the
feeling is, the more he is convinced of his own infallibility. And if the
sheer force of his own self-confidence communicates itself to other people
and gives them the impression that he is really a saint, such a man can
wreck a whole city or a religious order or even a nation. The world is
covered with scars that have been left in its flesh by visionaries like
these. (Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation [New York: New Directions
Publishing Corporation, 1961] 194–195)
 posted by Fedora at 7:18

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