The spirit in which Scriptures should be read: search first to know God and the mysteries of our religion, and to know oneself; and to understand the ways to travel to God, and how to make good use of creatures. In a word: seek in this reading only truth and justice and the practice of charity and other virtues. The particular qualities needed are purity of heart, humility, simplicity, control of curiosity, and enthusiasm.
- Jean Mabillon
Treatise on the Studies of Monks
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