"Lord God, let us keep your Scriptures in mind
and meditate on them day and night,
persevering in prayer,
always on the watch.
We beg you, Lord,
give us real knowledge of what we read,
and show us not only how to understand it
but how to put it into practice
that we might obtain spiritual grace,
enlightened by the law of the Holy Spirit,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
whose power and glory will endure
throughout all ages.
- The prayer of St. Origen (AD 185-254)
"O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive Thee,
intelligence to understand Thee,
diligence to seek Thee,
patience to wait for Thee,
eyes to behold Thee,
and a life to proclaim Thee.
Through the power of
the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord,
-The Prayer of St. Benedict (AD 480-543)
"As long as you are proud you cannot know God.
A proud man is always looking down on things and people:
and, of course, as long as you are looking down,
you cannot see something that is above you."
-- C.S. Lewis
"Lord, it belongs not to my care
whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
and this Thy grace must give.
If life be long, I will be glad,
that I may long obey;
If short - then why should I be sad
to soar to endless day?"
"We should not interpret Scripture
in the light of our experiences,
but we should examine our experiences
in the light of the teaching of Scripture."
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