Hugh on Reading

“The servant of God ought to read much.  For the reading of the Divine Word is most beneficial, seeing that our books will tell us what we should guard against, how we should occupy ourselves, and whither we are tending … (Ps. 119:5) … For reading gives light to the mind and to the judgment; prepares us for prayer and work, and disposes us for all the exercises both of the active and contemplative life.  Blessed is the man ‘that shall meditate on the law of the Lord day and night’ (Ps. 1.2).  These, then, are the weapons we have to wield against the devil: prayer, reading, and work.  These are the means of our sanctification, and consequently of attaining eternal happiness” (Hugh of St. Victor, Explanation of the Rule of St. Augustine, 84-85).


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