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Title: A Conversation beyond the Border
Subtitle: Dag Hammarskjöld & Thomas a Kempis
Author(s): HULS, Jos
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 20 Date: 2010
The way Dag Hammarskjöld in Markings uses quotes of the Imitatio Christi elucidates paradigmatically that mystics are not simply encompassing text fragments of other authors to strengthen and illustrate their own discourse. Beyond the border of these texts mystics participate in a similar spiritual journey and become conscious of the logic of this journey in a shared dialogue. Dag Hammarskjöld is a prolific and fruitful reader of texts from different spiritual and mystical traditions. His inner dialogue shows that his personal reflections reach their inmost depth by a textual conversation with his colleagues mystics, men or women of letters and Holy Scripture, especially the Psalms. This essay focuses on the Imitatio Christi.