The first rung step for a beginner in monastic theology is reading. Monks read ample amounts of scripture. Notice the term we use is read, as opposed to study. Spiritual reading is not analytical on mental but rather it is absorbed into the heart.
Reading of this quality is slow and reflective. Words have meaning in themselves that build together into a discourse with God. We sense and feel this spiritual character of reading. Spiritual growth is attained by immersing your heart again and again in scripture.
Jesus is not found in scripture. The Bible tells us about Jesus, but we can only know him in the heart and not the mind. The mind only holds ideas, but love is contained in the heart where Jesus will come to dwell with those who love him.
Many people study scripture with a motivation to master the text. A monk reads scripture with a motivation to love the Master. Ponder that thought.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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