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Reading and Purification

The Word coming to beginners on the faith journey purifies them from sin.  Christ, the divine physician, approaches the soul to administer the appropriate medicine to free it from the sickness of sin. The medicine is the words of Scripture.  Sin has obscured the image of God within the person.  The beginner must work with God’s grace to remove all the other images that hide the image of God. In the process of purification the Word directs people to cut off their connections with evil and practice good works. The path to purification requires hearing the Word and acting on it, rooting out sin, and practicing virtue.  Page 46

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

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