Excerpt from Theological and Expository Lectures
But that you may be capable of this supernatural light and heavenly instruction, it is, first of all, absolutely ne cessary, that your minds be called off from foreign objects and turned in upon themselves; for, as long as your thoughts are dispersed and scattered in pursuit of vanity and insignificant triﬂes, he that would lay before them the principles and precepts of this spiritual wisdom, would commit them, like the sibyl's prophecies that were written on loose leaves of trees, to the mercy of the inconstant Iinds, and thereby render them entirely useless. It is0 introduction.
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