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.