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John White,


Have you ever gone fishing in a polluted river and hauled out an old shoe, a tea kettle, or a rusty can? I get a similar sort of catch if I cast as a bait the word holiness into the murky depths of my mind. To my dismay I come up with such associations as:

thinness

hollow-eyed gauntness

beards

sandals

long robes

stone cells

no sex

no jokes

hair shirts

frequent cold baths

fasting

hours of prayer

wild rocky deserts

getting up at 4 A.M.

clean fingernails

stained glass

self-humiliation

[The Fight p.179]

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