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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Scripture Leads Us to Eternal Life

Lord Jesus Christ, pierce my soul with your love so that I may always long for you alone, who are the bread of angels and the fulfillment of the soul's deepest desires.  May my heart always hunger and feed upon you, so that my soul may be filled with the sweetness of your presence.  May my soul thirst for you, who are the source of life, wisdom, knowledge, light and all the riches of God the Father.  May I always seek and find you, think upon you, speak to you and do all things for the honor and glory of your holy name.  Be always my only hope, my peace, my refuge and my help in whom my heart is rooted so that I may never be separated from you.  St. Bonaventure (1218 - 1274)

"Everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened." Matt. 7:8

"(S)eeking God is part of holy reading, just as worldly reading . . . leads to losing him. . . .  Always have a definite time each day for reading, just as you should have for prayer and contemplation." Blessed Alphonsus de Oroszco, 1500-1591

"As in prayer we speak with God, in reading (Scripture) our God speaks to us . . . " St. Lipsianus.

St. Bonaventure:
The end or fruit of Holy Scripture is not something restricted, but the fullness of eternal happiness.  These writings which contain "the message of eternal life" (Jn 6:63) were written, not only that we might believe in, but also that we might possess that everlasting life in which we shall see, and love, and be fulfilled of all we desire.  Then we shall really know that "love of Christ, which is beyond knowledge," and thus "be filled with the utter fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:19). . . . Such . . . must be our goal and our intent in studying and in teaching the Scriptures, and also in hearing them. . . . We must reach out in a spirit of pure faith to the Father of all light, and kneeling in our hearts, ask him to give us, through his Son and in the Holy Spirit, the true knowledge of Jesus Christ, and together with knowledge, love for him.  By knowing and loving Christ, by being confirmed in faith and "planted in love" (Ephesians 3:17), we can know the breadth, length, and depth of Scripture, and, through such knowledge, attain unto the all-surpassing knowledge and measureless love which is the Blessed Trinity.

Source:  The New Jerusalem Bible Saints Devotional Edition  The New Jerusalem Bible: Saints Devotional Edition

God bless you and speak to you as you study the Scriptures to grow in knowledge and love of Blessed Trinity, and at the same time receive those graces you most need to know and follow his holy will.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Colleen, your comment from Blessed Alphonsus de Oroszco really jumped out at me. "How worldly reading leads to losing Christ." A sobering yet true thought.

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  2. I needed this. I had just been thinking that I have not taken time to read much lately and I must carve out time every day!
    Thank you for your comment on my blog. It gave me a different perspective on talents, but also really encouraged me at a time when I needed it. Thanks and God bless!

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  3. Thank you Noreen and Colleen for stopping by. These quotes really jumped out at me too, as I needed to re-entrench in the practice of reading and studying scripture regardless of how packed my day and to-do list are. How great that it is a way of seeking God in which we can be sure to find him. How great that when I need to hear his words, through humble petition of the Holy Spirit, I will be led to what he wants me to hear and ponder.

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  4. Thank you, Colleen! These quotes are great! I especially love the words of St. Bonaventure. I have been trying to read the Bible each day and these quotes help show how important Holy Scripture is.

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  5. Hi, Mary. It's good to hear from you. I know more about your husband now from his award post! Thanks for coming by and commenting.

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