“Read the word of God in the Gospel. Ah! The Gospel, who reads it, in the world? – Doubtless, during the Holy Sacrifice, the faithful like to follow in their prayer-books the Gospel of the feast; but… Is it sufficient to fill our life with Christian sentiments?
What we recommend to you all is a frequent, attentive, and, above all, regular reading, unravelling before your softened heart the whole life of Our Lord.
It is certainly a good thing to read the Imitation of Christ. It is the most beautiful book, which has come from the hand of man, but the Gospel was written at the very dictation of God. He encloses His infallible word in these blessed pages, which the saints used to read on their knees, and to meditate upon in ecstasy.
It is the Gospel, then, that we are urging you to read, and to ponder on with love: the Gospel, this book of the ignorant and of philosophers, this book of the garrets and of the palaces, this book of the rich and of the poor, where the Infinite has taught us in parables, where the Eternal Word makes Himself the Teacher of little children, this book so simple and so profound, so calm and so luminous.”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905