The opening prayer for the feast of SS Theodore and Adrian, Archbishop of Canterbury and Abbot of Christ Church, Canterbury celebrated in England on 19 September reminds all Christians of the importance of continuing their studies, and refers to “you sent from afar … Saint Adrian to foster holy learning.”
Catholic monks, nuns, sisters, and indeed everyone can profit from a good habit of daily reading and study. The tradition of monastic learning and study is called “sapiential” because its goal is both truth and wisdom.
Truth …. is a personal knowledge of God and Creation. Theological truth encountered in theological research, study and reflection is not irreconcilable with scientific truths according to Catholic teaching. Pope John Paul II teaches this in, Fides et Ratio, Encyclical Letter, John Paul II, 14 September 1998
Wisdom …. is a personal knowledge of self in the light and experience of one’s encounter with God and transformation by God.
Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimus educationis, Pope Paul VI 28 October 1965
Love of Learning and the Desire for God: Study of Monastic Culture, Jean Leclercq, 1982
The Return of the Benedictines to London, R. Kollar, 1989.
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