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Theological Notebook: Mending the cloak

This image from one of the Desert Fathers has been coming back to me of late:
An elder was asked by a certain soldier if God would forgive a sinner. And he said to him: Tell me, beloved, if your cloak is torn, will you throw it away?

The soldier replied and said: No, I will mend it and put it back on.

The elder said to him: If you take care of your cloak, will God not be merciful to his own image?
––Quoted in Thomas Merton's The Wisdom of the Desert, n. 139

The image is used in a classic Steve Taylor song which I just recently heard as a killer cover by Fleming and John.
Tags: books, desert monasticism, grace and freedom/nature, mysticism/spirituality, theological notebook, thomas merton

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