A Mirror to the Movement of the Soul

A monk reads two books simultaneously; the text as it lies open before him and a more inner source of enlightenment that the medievals termed “the book of experience” What is written on the page is read in parallel with the lessons learned through living. Reflection on experience helps readers to understand what the text is saying, and understanding the text helps reader to unravel the complexities of experience. As Athanasius wrote, “The Psalms are, for those who recite them, a kind of mirror in which they can view the movements of their own soul.” Reading well is practiced is a way to the heart.” [pgs. 45-46]

STRANGERS TO THE CITY: Reflections On The Beliefs And Values Of The Rule Of Saint Benedict

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