Monday, December 22, 2008

'The goal of reading' by Elder Paisios the Athonite

In my reading of the Daily Lives of the Saints, I found this very relevant quotation on December 16:

The goal of reading is the application, in our lives, of what we read. Not to learn it by heart, but to take it to heart. Not to practice using our tongues, but to be able to receive the tongues of fire and to live the mysteries of God. If one studies a great deal in order to acquire knowledge and to teach others, without living the things he teaches, he does no more than fill his head with hot air. At most he will manage to ascend to the moon using machines. The goal of the Christian is to rise to God without machines.

This certainly applies to our school! Our goal in reading should be to grow into and towards Christ our Lord.

This quote is from the words of Elder Paisios the Athonite, a contemporary monk of Mt. Athos. To learn more about Paisios, visit OrthodoxWiki. The study of our holy Fathers through all the ages is a deep encouragement at all times!

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