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Reading Scripture for an Intimate Contact with God

St. Bernard hoped that the Scriptures would be assimilated in such a way that they would impact the whole person.  Reading, in other words, was for him not only an intellectual activity.  In fact, he opposed the “learned” approach to lectio emerging in the wake of scholasticism, and favored a more sense-oriented or experiential way of reading.  He speaks of an intimate, even mystical contact through reading and frequently writes if “tasting” God through contact with the Scriptures  Page 147

From:  Reading to Live: The Evolving Practice of Lectio Divina
By:  Raymond Studzinski, OSB

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