Thursday, March 10, 2011

The acquisition of Christian books…

Epiphanius the Bishop said, “The acquisition of Christian books is necessary for those who can use them; for the very sight of them renders us less inclined to sin, and incites us to believe more firmly in righteousness.”
From: The Desert of the Heart: Daily Readings with the Desert Fathers ed. Benedicta Ward SLG, Darton Longman & Todd, 1988.
At last! The excuse for which I’ve been searching all these years!

But seriously, experience teaches that this is true: even unopened, godly books we have read before stand like silent confessors on our shelves, and turn our hearts again to Christ...

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