Prayer is Answering the Word
`Anyone who wants to be always united to God must pray
often and read the Bible often. For in prayer it is we who are speaking
to God, but in the readings it is God speaking to us.
`All spiritual progress is based on reading and meditation. What
we do not know, we learn in the reading; what we have learned, we preserve
`Reading the Bible provides us with a two-fold advantage. It
instructs our minds, and introduces us to the love of God by taking our
attention off vanities.
`None can understand the meaning of the Bible if they do not
acquire familiarity with it through the habit of Bible reading.'
(Isidore lived between 560-636 AD)
`Nourish your soul with Bible reading. It will prepare
a spiritual feast for you.'
(Augustine lived 354-430 AD)
`Anyone who is assiduous in reading the Word of God becomes
weary while reading, but afterwards is happy because the bitter seeds of
the reading produce sweet fruits in the soul.
(Translation by Thomas Spidlik, Drinking from the Hidden
Fountain: A Patristic Breviary, Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo,
MI - Spencer, MASS, 1994)
`Let us study while we are on earth that Reality which will stay
in our minds also when we are in heaven.'
(Jerome lived between 347-420 AD)