The late and saintly Fr. John Hardon gave an abridged Ignatian retreat that I participated in back in the early 1990s.
It was powerful.
He made a point during one of his conferences that slammed me and has always stuck with me:
Your capacity to know and love the Son of God in Heaven will flow from your knowledge and love of Him here, so why would those of us with faith, supremely blessed in this modern world with literacy and full access to the Sacred Scriptures, not daily devour His words, commit them to memory and cherish them as our heart’s most prized possession? The Lord will ask us that question when we face Him after death…
The great Eastern Father of the Church, St. John Chrysostom, said the same:
Is it not strange that those who sit in the marketplace tell the names and races and cities and talents of charioteers and dancers, and even accurately state the good and bad qualities of horses, while those who assemble in this place of worship understand nothing of what is taking place here and even are ignorant of the number of the sacred Books?