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Ascent to Wisdom Through the Scriptures

[St.] Augustine presents a multistep program of ascent to wisdom through reading the Scriptures.  This program begins with a reverent fear of God and a humble search for God’s will.  Through knowledge of the Scriptures the reader discovers attachments to temporal things, repents, and turns toward eternal things.  Further purification increases the love shown to God, neighbor, and even enemies and finally brings the reader to wisdom and the enjoyment of peace and tranquility. (authors comments on St. Augustine’s “On Christian Instruction”)  Page 89

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

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