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a passionate repentance

"If, therefore, we are lovers of learning, we shall also be learned…

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"If, therefore, we are lovers of learning, we shall also be learned in many things. For by care and toil and the grace of God the Giver, all things are accomplished. `For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened' (Lk. 11:10). Wherefore let us knock at that very fair garden of the Scriptures, so fragrant and sweet and blooming... Let us not know carelessly but rather zealously and constantly, lest knocking we grow weary. For in this way it will be opened to us. If we read once or twice and do not understand what we read, let us not grow weary, but let us persist, let us talk much, let us inquire. For `ask your Father,' he says, `and He will show you, your elders and they will tell you (Deut. 32:7). For `there is not in every man that knowledge' (I Cor. 8:7)."

St. John of Damascus.
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