Monday, April 7, 2008

A Loaded and Dangerous Precept

From the sayings of St Epiphanius, Bishop of Cyprus, one of the Desert Fathers:
The acquisition of Christian books is necessary for those who can use them. For the mere sight of these books renders us less inclined to sin, and incites us to believe more firmly in righteousness.

6 comments:

Esteban Vázquez said...

If only this were true in my experience!

Lumière et Possibilité said...

this post reinforces this blog as the best new find of the year.
keep up the great work.
-andrew

Eric John said...

I knew there was a good purpose to my bibliomania!

Kevin B. said...

Do I have your permission to show this to my saintly wife next time she reminds me that I strayed from our budget in the acquisition of a new volume? :-)

Felix Culpa said...

Esteban: I know, I know. But the osmosis doesn't seem to be taking effect on me.

L & E: No flattery allowed in the comments!

Eric & Kevin: I've noticed that, here as well as other blogs where this post has been produced, it's only men who seem encouraged by the saint's advice. It always seems to be the daughters of Eve who, paradoxically, don't want the sons of Adam to eat from the tree of knowledge!

Felix Culpa said...

Kevin: I fear giving you my permission lest someday I run into your saintly wife in a dark alley...