The Goal of Reading

“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.”
-Elder Paisios

(h/t Oh Taste and See).

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2 responses to “The Goal of Reading

  1. S-P, I know. My thoughts exactly. I could think of a couple other four-letter words in response to that, too.

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