[Reader Andy Evans wishes to post this brief quotation on how to read. Someday I’d like to post about the relation between faith and Wissenschaft in reading the church fathers. —LAM]

I came across this bit of sound advice from Fr. Stephen Freeman, an Eastern Orthodox priest whose blog I enjoy reading from time to time.  I think it is very helpful for all of us as we begin our seven-year journey:

“Reading the Church Fathers is something that should be done generally for personal edification and not as a means of gaining expertise, much less authority. If they are read with one eye on God and the other on your heart, then you will have done well. But too much knowledge, unsupported by prayer and a grounded ascetical life, is not only unhealthy, it can become a positive danger to those around you….”