Monday, February 18, 2013

St. John Chrysostom on the Study of Scripture

Let us give diligent heed to the study of Scripture.  For in the tumult of life it will save you from suffering like those who are tossed by troubled waves.  The sea rages, but you sail on with calm weather; for you have the study of the Scriptures for your pilot; this is the cable which the trials of life do not break asunder. 

Let our soul weigh anchor in the reading of Scripture.  For the study of Scripture is a haven without waves, a tower that is unshakeable, a glory that cannot be wrested away from anybody, a weapon that cannot be defeated, a joy that does not pall.  In reading Scripture, the soul is relieved from harm, and enjoys much calm and peace.

quoted in Dee Pennock, God's Path to Sanity (2012)

1 comment:

Beth said...

I got this book for Kindle and started reading it after seeing the very interesting quote you posted a few days ago. It is a really useful presentation of patristic psychology (I suppose one might call it.) I balk a little at some of her comments about therapy/medication; perhaps a both/and makes more sense. But overall really a nice find. Thanks for it.