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Chapter 3. Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature • 33

approval and guidance of the pastors of the Church, are happily

spreading everywhere in our day. Let them remember, however,

that prayer should accompany the reading of sacred Scripture,

so that a dialogue takes place between God and man. . . .

Just as from constant attendance at the Eucharistic mystery

the life of the Church draws increase, so a new impulse of spiri-

tual life may be expected from increased veneration of the Word

of God.

—DV, no. 25-26


Let your scriptures be my chaste delight . . .

O Lord, perfect me and reveal those pages to me!

See, your voice is my joy. Give me what I love . . .

May the inner secrets of your words be

laid open to me when I knock.

This I beg by our Lord Jesus Christ in whom are hidden all

the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3). These are the

treasures I seek in your books.

—St. Augustine,

The Confessions

, bk. 11, chap. 2, nos. 2-4

Hold fast to the traditions you were taught,

either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.

—2 Thes 2:15