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"Read assiduously and learn as much as you can. Let sleep find you holding your Bible, and when your head nods let it be resting on the sacred page." (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church)

"The Scriptures are divine charms, let us then apply to ourselves and to the passions of our souls the remedies to be derived from them." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"Our one desire for all the Church's children is that, being saturated with the Bible, they may arrive at the all surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ." (Pope Benedict XV, "Spiritus Paraclitus", 1920)

"Love the Bible and wisdom will love you; love it and it will preserve you; honor it and it will embrace you; these are the jewels which you should wear on your breast and in your ears." (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church)

"We have got, then, to read Holy Scripture assiduously; we have got to meditate on the Law of God day and night so that, as expert money-changers, we may be able to detect false coin from true." (St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church)

"Hence, as far as in us lies, we, Venerable Brethren, shall, with St. Jerome as our guide, never desist from urging the faithful to read daily the Gospels, the Acts and the Epistles, so as to gather thence food for their souls." (Pope Benedict XV, "Spiritus Paraclitus", 1920 A.D.)

"The Emperor of heaven, the Lord of men and of angels, has sent you His epistles for your life's advantage - and yet you neglect to read them eagerly. Study them, I beg you, and meditate daily on the words of your Creator. Learn the heart of God in the words of God, that you may sigh more eagerly for things eternal, that your soul may be kindled with greater longings for heavenly joys." (Pope St. Gregory I, Doctor of the Church)

"Let us mull over the words of the Gospel in frequent meditation, let us ever keep in mind the examples of Mary, the blessed Mother of God, so that we also may be found humble in the sight of God, that being subject in due honor also to our neighbor, we may deserve together with her to be exalted forever." (St. Bede the Venerable, Doctor of the Church)

"For if the devil will not dare to approach a house where a Gospel is lying, much less will any evil spirit, or any sinful nature, ever touch or enter a soul which bears about with it such sentiments as it contains. Sanctify then thy soul, sanctify thy body, by having these ever in thy heart, and on thy tongue. For if foul speech defiles and invites devils, it is clear that spiritual reading sanctifies and draws down the grace of the Spirit." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"And none can fail to see what profit and sweet tranquility must result in well-disposed souls from such devout reading of the Bible. Whosoever comes to it in piety, faith and humility, and with determination to make progress in it, will assuredly find therein and will eat the 'Bread that cometh down from heaven' (Jn. 6:33); he will, in his own person, experience the truth of David's words: 'The hidden and uncertain things of Thy Wisdom Thou hast made manifest to me!' (Ps. 50:8), for this table of the 'Divine Word' does really 'contain holy teaching, teach the true faith, and lead us unfalteringly beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies.'" (Pope Benedict XV, "Spiritus Paraclitus", 1920 A.D.)

And Benedict XV, on the occasion of the fifteenth centenary of the death of St. Jerome, the greatest Doctor of the Sacred Scriptures, after having most solemnly inculcated the precepts and examples of the same Doctor, as well as the principles and rules laid down by Leo XIII and by himself, and having recommended other things highly opportune and never to be forgotten in this connection, exhorted 'all the children of the Church, especially clerics, to reverence the Holy Scripture, to read it piously and meditate it constantly'; he reminded them 'that in these pages is to be sought that food, by which the spiritual life is nourished unto perfection'" (Pope Pius XII, Divino Afflante Spiritu)

"Whosoever considers the immense labors undertaken by Catholic exegetes during well nigh two thousand years, so that the word of God, imparted to men through the Sacred Letters, might daily be more deeply and fully understood and more intensely loved, will easily be convinced that it is the serious duty of the faithful, and especially of priests, to make free and holy use of this treasure, accumulated throughout so many centuries by the greatest intellects. For the Sacred Books were not given by God to men to satisfy their curiosity or to provide them with material for study and research, but, as the Apostle observes, in order that these Divine Oracles might 'instruct us to salvation, by the faith which is in Christ Jesus' and 'that the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.'" (Pope Pius XII, "Divino Afflante Spiritu", 1943)

"For the responsibility of our Apostolic office impels us to set before you his wonderful example and so promote the study of Holy Scripture in accordance with the teaching of our predecessors, Leo XIII and Pius X, which we desire to apply more precisely still to the present needs of the Church. For St. Jerome - 'strenuous Catholic, learned in the Scriptures,' 'teacher of Catholics,' 'model of virtue, world's teacher' - has by his earnest and illuminative defense of Catholic doctrine on Holy Scripture left us most precious instructions. These we propose to set before you and so promote among the children of the Church, and especially among the clergy, assiduous and reverent study of the Bible... Indeed, such was his love for Holy Scripture that he ceased not from writing or dictating till his hand stiffened in death and his voice was silent forever." (Pope Benedict XV, "Spiritus Paraclitus", 1920)

"To return, however, to the question of the formation of Biblical students. We must lay the foundations in piety and humility of mind; only when we have done that does St. Jerome invite us to study the Bible. In the first place, he insists, in season and out, on daily reading of the text. 'Provided,' he says, 'our bodies are not the slaves of sin, wisdom will come to us; but exercise your mind, feed it daily with Holy Scripture.' And again: 'We have got, then, to read Holy Scripture assiduously; we have got to meditate on the Law of God day and night so that, as expert money-changers, we may be able to detect false coin from true.'" (Pope Benedict XV, "Spiritus Paraclitus", 1920 A.D.)

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