St. Ephraim the Syrian: If You are an Ardent Reader

“If you are an ardent reader, seek not brilliant and erudite texts; otherwise the demon of haughtiness will strike your heart. But like a wise bee that gathers honey from flowers, through your reading obtain also healing for your soul.” — words from A Spiritual Psalter, or Reflections on God, excerpted by Bishop Theophan the Recluse from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian, published by The St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1997. Here’s a review of that book by M. C. Steenberg, found on Monachos.net.

(the collage illustration is one of my gluebook spreads)

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