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The soul is sanctified and purified through the study of the words of the Fathers, through the memorization of the psalms and portions of Scripture, through the singing of hymns and through the repetition of the Jesus Prayer...
That is, you can make a different kind of effort: to study and pray and have as your aim to advance in the love of God and of the Church.
Do not fight to expell the darkness from the chamber of your soul.
Open a tiny aperture for light to enter, and the darkness will disappear ...

+ Holy Elder Porphyrius, from the book “Wounded by Love”

Bishop Epiphanius said: “Reading the Scriptures is a great safeguard against sin.”

He also said: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is a precipice and a great abyss.”

+ from: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (St. Epiphanius of Cyprus)

When reading the Holy Scriptures, he who is humble and engaged in spiritual work will apply everything to himself and not to someone else.

+ Saint Mark the Ascetic, On the Spiritual Law (Philokalia)

Let the study of Holy Scripture and the Fathers be your food and rest, and your pleasure be prayer and Divine Communion.

+ Elder Amphilochius Makris

It were indeed meet for us not even to need the aid of the written Word,
but to exhibit a life so pure, that the grace of the Spirit should be instead of books to our souls,

and that as these are inscribed with ink, even so should our hearts be with the Spirit.
But, since we have utterly put away from us this grace, come, let us at any rate embrace the second best course.

+ St. John Chrysostom

Het zou inderdaad passend zin voor ons dat wij de hulp van het geschreven woord niet nodig hadden, maar dat wij zodanig rein zouden leven, dat de genade van de Geest voor onze zielen de plaats zou innemen van boeken, en dat, zoals deze beschreven zijn met inkt, onze harten beschreven zouden zijn met de Geest. Maar aangezien wij deze genade volstrekt van onszelf verwijderd hebben, komt, laat ons tenminste te weg volgen, die na deze de beste is.

+ H. Johannes Chrysostomos

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