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Reading the Holy Scriptures


From: The Imitation of Christ (Book 12, chapter 5)

1. Truth is to be sought for in Holy Scripture, not eloquence. All Holy Scripture ought to be read with that spirit with which it was made. We must rather seek for profit in the Scriptures than for subtlety of speech. We ought as willingly to read devout and simple books as those that are high and profound.

Let not the authority of the writer offend you, whether he was of little or of great learning, but let the love of pure truth lead you to read. Inquire not who said this, but attend to what he said.

2. Men pass away, “but the truth of the Lord remains forever”. (Psalm 116 [117]: 2) God speaks in many ways to us without respect of persons. Our curiosity often hinders us in reading the Scriptures when we attempt to understand and discuss that which should be simply passed over. If you are to receive profit, read with humility, simplicity, and faith; and seek not at any time the fame of being learned.

Willingly inquire after, and hear with silence the words of the saints; and be pleased with the parables of the ancients, for they are not spoken without cause. (Ecclus 32: 9) Amen