|12th C. illustration of Scala Paradisi|
A neighboring igumen (abbot) asked John for some written instructions about the holy life. John made thirty chapters, or steps as he called them; thirty represented the age of Jesus when he began his ministry. The book is called in Latin Scala Paradisi, usually translated The Ladder of Divine Ascent, but also properly called The Stairway to Heaven. Somehow in the middle of the desert, sometime in the seventh century, the book hit its tipping point and became a runaway bestseller.
Spoiler Alert: the highest step on the scala paradisi, beyond even prayer, is love.
|"... And she's buying the Scala Paradisi."|