What It Means to Be Killed by the Letter

What It Means to Be Killed by the Letter

Reflection: Matthew 23:3; 2 Corinthians 3:6

They are killed by the letter who seek only to know the words that they may be esteemed more learned among others and that they may acquire great riches to leave to their relations and friends. And those religious are killed by the letter who will not follow the spirit of the Holy Scriptures, but who seek rather to know the words only and to interpret them to others.

Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226)