“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105




Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.


– Psalm 119:105 (NRSV)






…from the ‘Breviloquium’ of St Bonaventure

. .

The stream of Holy Scripture flows not from human research

but from revelation by God.

It springs from the Father of lights,

from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth takes its name.


From Him, through His Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit flows into us;

and through the Holy Spirit, giving, at will, different gifts to different people, comes the gift of faith,

and through faith Jesus Christ has His dwelling in our hearts.

This is the knowledge of Jesus Christ

which is the ultimate basis of the solidity and wisdom of the whole of Holy Scripture.


From all this it follows

that it is impossible for anyone to start to recognise Scripture for what it is

if he does not already have faith in Christ infused into him.

Christ is the Lamp that illuminates the whole of Scripture:

He is its gateway and its foundation.


It is this this faith that is behind all the supernatural enlightenments that we receive

while we are still separated from the Lord and on our pilgrimage.

It makes our foundation firm,

it directs the light of the Lamp,

it leads us in through the gateway.

It is the standard against which the wisdom that God has given us should be measured,

so that no-one should exaggerate his real importance,

but everyone must judge himself soberly by the standard of the faith God has given him.


The substance and fruit of Holy Scripture is very specific:

the fullness of eternal happiness.

For this is what Scripture is – its words are words of eternal life,

and it is written not just so that we should believe,

but specially so that we should possess eternal life

in which we may see, and love, and have all our desires fulfilled.


When they are fulfilled,

then we shall know the superabundant love that comes from knowledge,

and so we shall be filled with all the fullness of God. […]






Your Word, O God, is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.


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