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8. A Book To Be Meditated

The Bible forms the theme of Christian meditation, Christian preaching, and Christian art: it is also the staple of the liturgy (ie public or community worship) of the Church. It is a book to be meditated, and not gabbled over. It is the meditation-book of those who practise mental prayer. An hour’s meditation on twenty verses will often teach us more of the inner mind of the Bible than many hours spent in Biblical criticism. It is possible to be a great Biblical critic, and have scarce any inward knowledge of the Bible at all: just as a foreigner in a continental city may write an erudite work on Oxford, with less real understanding of the University than an undergraduate who has kept two terms.

Rev. Joseph Rickaby, S.J. (1897)