Saints insisted on Holy Reading
“It is impossible,” says St. Chrysostom, “that a man should be saved, who neglects assiduous pious reading.”
In Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales says:
Have always at hand some approved book of devotion […], and read a little of them every day with as much devotion as if you were reading a letter which those saints had sent you from heaven to show you the way to it, and encourage you to come.
Again he talks about reading the Lives of the Saints:
Read also the histories and lives of the saints, in which, as in a looking-glass, you may behold the portraiture of a Christian’s life, and accommodate their actions to your state of life; […]
Saints were made by Holy Reading
St. Augustine was deeply inspired by reading St. Anthony of the Desert’s biography, which was a catalyst to his world-renowned conversion. His Confessions later inspired many other holy men and women who later became Saints.
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) was inspired to convert to Catholicism after reading St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiography, later joining the Carmelite order and becoming a martyr under the Nazis.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, while recovering from a battle wound, read the lives of the saints, in particular St. Francis of Assisi and St. Dominic, which inspired him to give up his vain pursuits, and to strive to emulate their holy lives.
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