READING THE OLD TESTAMENT
Dearest Sister Florentina,
Be careful when reading the Old
Testament. Do not reflect on the marriages and the love affairs of
those days; nor upon the eating of meat and delicacies; nor upon the
polygamy allowed in those days. Because many things permitted
then are not permitted now.
The Hebrews were still carnal
and had to be treated as such. But when the TRUTH came in the New
Testament, the darkness of the Old was dispersed; when the true sacrifice
came, the symbols of the Old ceased.
Everything in the Old Testament
must be interpreted in a spiritual sense although it actually
happened. You must know the spiritual meaning from the historical
Pay no attention to the romance
and emotions of the Canticle of Canticles, for it invites to carnal
pleasures and love of earthly things. Look at the spiritual meaning, a
representation of the love between Christ and His Church. The saints
have correctly forbidden the reading of the Heptateuch and the Canticle of
Canticles by those whose minds are of the flesh, lest they become dissolved
in excitements to lust and pleasure because they do not know its spiritual
St. Leander of Seville: "De Institutione Virginum" Chap.