Reading enlightens the mind considerably, and helps it to concentrate. For the words are those of the Holy Spirit and they resonate with those who pay attention to them. Let what you read lead you to action. Putting words into practice makes further reading superfluous. Seek to be enlightened by the words of salvation through your labours, and not merely from books.
Based on St John of the Ladder
This photograph shows a monk while reading in the library at Vatopaidi.