“Whoever wants to be always with God must pray often and read [Scripture] often. For when we pray, we speak with God; but when we read, God speaks with us. All [spiritual] progress proceeds from reading and meditation. What we do not know, we learn by reading; and what we learn, we keep by meditation.
“Reading the holy Scriptures confers a double advantage: It educates the intellectual faculty of the mind, and by taking a person’s attention away from the world’s vanities it leads to the love of God . . .
“No one is able to understand the meaning of holy Scriptures except by the familiarity of frequent reading.” (Isidore of Seville, about 600 A.D.)
Source: Inheriting Wisdom: Readings for Today from Ancient Christian Writers by Everett Ferguson, p.202