Monday, March 16, 2009

Prayer and Reading

If a [person] wants to be always in God's company, [they] must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us.

All spiritual growth comes from reading and reflection. By reading we learn what we did not know; by reflection we retain what we have learned....

Learning unsupported by grace may get into our ears; it never reaches the heart. It makes a great noise outside but serves no inner purpose. But when God's grace touches our innermost minds to bring understanding, [God's] word which has been received by the ear sinks into the heart.

From the Book of Maxims by St. Isidore, bishop.

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