St John Damascene: The Bible

“The Bible is a scented garden, delightful, beautiful.  It enchants our ears with birdsong in a sweet, divine and spiritual harmony, it touches our heart, comforts us in sorrow, soothes  us in a moment of anger, and fills us with eternal joy.

Let us knock at its gate with diligence and with perseverance.  Let us not be discouraged from knocking.  The latch will be opened.

If we have read a page of the Bible two or three times and have not understood it, let us not be tired of re-reading it and meditating on it.  Let us seek in the fountain of this garden “a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).  We shall taste a joy that will never dry up, because the grace of the Bible garden is inexhaustible. “ – St John Damascene

“The Bible is a scented garden, delightful, beautiful.  It enchants our ears with birdsong in a sweet, divine and spiritual harmony, it touches our heart, comforts us in sorrow…and

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