"Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ" - St. Jerome
Pope Benedict XVI identified that true renewal and reform in the Church as well as the driving force of the New Evangelization is a "rediscovery of God's word in the life of the Church as a well spring of constant renewal." (Verbum Domini 1).
There is no greater priority than this: to enable the people of our time once more to encounter God, the God who speaks to us and shares his love so that we might have life in abundance. (Verbum Domini 2)
What is the difference between a Catholic Bible and a non-Catholic Bible?
The most common bible is the King James Bible that is most familiar to our Protestant brothers and sisters. However unlike the approved Catholic bibles, the KJB would not contain 7 books of the Old Testament that are found in Catholic Bibles (Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, 1 & 2 Maccabees, Baruch, & Sirach) in addition to chapters in Ester and Daniel.
Which are the approved versions of the Bible for Catholics?
The Catholic Church is careful to assure that Catholics are using Bibles that have been translated by professional scholars and uses the Latin Vulgate for the basis of their translations to the modern languages.
Those versions that have been approved include: The New American Bible (Revised New American Bible), The Revised Standard Version (New Revised Standard Version) Catholic Edition, The Jersualem Bible (New Jerusalem Bible), & the Douay Rheims.
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How do Catholics learn more about the Bible?
Every Sunday Catholics attend Mass (even daily), the ritual act of the Worship of God the Father, through the person of Jesus Christ the Son by the action of the Holy Spirit. Within the context of the Mass the first part is called the Liturgy of the Word, here Catholics listen to the Word of God, the voice of God speaking to them through the proclamation of the Sacred Scriptures.
The Church selects a series of readings that carefuly and thematically chosen based on the liturgical season each day. On Sundays 3 readings are chosen as well as verses from the Psalms. Daily 2 readings are chosen in adddition to the Psalm verses. Always there is the selection of the Gospel, the reading of which is one of the high points of the Mass.
Readings of the Day
Following the readings one from the ranks of the ordained ministers (bishop, priest or deacon) is entrusted to "expound on the word of God" through what the Church calls the "homily" (a sermon).
To listen or subscribe on ITunes to the Sunday homily from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church click here.
The Sunday Homily at St. John's (audio)
Homilies by Pope Benedict XVI
How do Catholics pray with the Bible?
It is always encouraged for Catholics to read daily from the Holy Bible for their spiritual reading and prayer. The ancient practice of "lectio divina" is highly encouraged whereby we "prayerfully read, listen and reflect" on the Word of God.
A very noble and beautiful praying with the scriptures is also the Church's official prayer the "Liturgy of the Hours", prayed by the monks and consecrated women throughout the centuries. Catholics are encouraged to pray the liturgy of the hours (traditionally at morning, mid-day, evening and night). The clergy of the Church as well as the consecrated men and women are vowed to pray daily.
At St. John's we pray the Morning Prayer (Lauds) Monday-Saturday at 7:45 am. For more information on the Liturgy of the Hours click on the link below:
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