Sacred Reading

Posted by David Neff, OblSB on

Sacred Reading

“True sacred reading is slowed-down reading and rereading with no regrets for the time thus spent. As Scripture scholar Francis Martin pointed out, “Prayerful reading happens in an atmosphere of ‘wasting time.’ There are no practical goals, no book to get through, no certain number of pages to read, but simply a deep sacramental use of God’s word as a meeting place for God and man.”

Speed reading or scanning a text is useful and even necessary for digesting the contents of textbooks, periodicals, or newspapers. When the time for sacred reading comes, however, we have to be able to read slowly and patiently, in a relaxed and open spirit, ready to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:9).”  

  -  Monastic Practices, Charles Cummings