I refer to this video on the importance of study in Catholic spirituality:
I also refer to the following articles:
On the relationship between reason and revelation
Why do priests need Philosophy - an article on Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Excerpt from ‘Why do priests need Philosophy’:
Here we are touching on what is the most important difference … between Christianity on the one hand, and Islam as well as Judaism on the other. For Christianity, the sacred doctrine is revealed theology; for the Jew and the Muslim, the sacred doctrine is, at least primarily, the legal interpretation of the Divine Law. The sacred doctrine in the latter sense has to say the least, much less to do with philosophy than the sacred doctrine in the former sense. It is ultimately for this reason that the status of philosophy was, as a matter of principle, much more precarious in Judaism and in Islam than in Christianity: in Christianity, philosophy became an integral part of the officially recognized and even required training of the student of the sacred doctrine. (Leo Strauss, Persecution and the Art of Writing.)
Nowadays so many priests have degraded to be ‘church keepers’ or ‘social workers’ whose top priority is to finish a laundry list of tasks instead of ‘scholar-priests’ like those we had before Vatican II. Studying is denigrated as pedantry and the Church becomes sheer NGO or club of a few retired elderly/pious Catholic families.