I'm paraphrasing my favorites from memory, not intending to quote any single source or translation. It's likely that I'm 'quoting, not quoting' these stories based on Merton's collection. Does it offend you or do my posts simply annoy because they're not what you'd expect? I don't mean to offend, that's for sure, so if it does, I'll search out proper translations.
Also, I ordered up three used copies of Yushi Nomura illustrated collection based on your post yesterday. One for me and one for my old pastor friend who turned me on to solitude and the Desert Fathers in the first place. I hate destroying books but I intend to frame a few of his illustrations from the last book that's described in the worst condition.