Saturday, April 25, 2015

On reading Sacred Scripture

"Humans soon pass away; the truth of the Lord remains forever (Ps 117:2).  Through the Scripture God speaks to us in many ways, regardless of those He uses as instruments.   Too often we are led by curiosity to read Holy Scripture and want to understand and argue passages we should simply pass over." 

If you wish to profit by the reading of Scripture, then do so with humility, simplicity and faith and never try to acquire a reputation for being a scholar.  Inquire, and then listen meekly to what the Saints tell you.  Do not be critical of the sayings of the Ancient Fathers, for they were not written without reason."

The Imitation of Christ, Book One, chapter five