Three Beautiful Thoughts on Reading

From Merton, Foster and LeClercq

I am just going to provide the quotes with the images I found, without commenting on any of the quotes.

My only encouragement is to read, read a lot, read a lot of really good books, reflect on what you read, have conversations about what you read, and put into practice what you read and learn. May God hover over your heart and mind as you do this.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


Thomas Merton on reading

Reading is a deeply vital act not only of our intelligence but of our whole personality, absorbed and refresehd in thought, prayer, or even in the contemplation of God.  Thomas Merton


Richard Foster on what we study

What we study determines the kinds of habits that are formed, which is why Paul urges us to focus on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and gracious.  Richard Foster

Jean LeClercq on reading old books

They loved the authors of the past, not simply because they belonged to the past but because they were beautiful with a beauty which defies time. Jean LeClercq (in his magnificent book, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture)