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Accountability to the Scriptures

The desert ascetics developed a nuanced practice of meditation. This was a process of repeating scriptural words or the words of the elder until they were committed to memory.  The oral exercise, in which the monk spoke and heard the words over and over, meant quite literally taking the words to heart so that, stored in one’s memory, they could serve as a reservoir of healing texts.  The desert ascetic was accountable to the Scriptures and they henceforth directed his or her life  Page 99

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

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