FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
IMPORTANCE OF THE BIBLE – 3
August 13, 2015
All families and all Catholics should read the Bible, which unfortunately many Catholics do not do, much less study the Bible. But ignorance of scriptures is ignorance of Christ. Ignorance and non-study of the Bible will keep a person away from holiness and striving for Christian perfection.
But it is not enough for St Jerome or Pope Francis to emphasize the importance of the Bible. There needs to be a methodology that can easily get the regular Catholic into the Bible, and which can be disseminated massively, so that indeed each and every Catholic would read and study the Bible.
This is why one of the four pillars of LCSC is Live the Word, focusing on the Liturgical Bible Study (LBS) methodology. It is simple enough but is a good starting point for getting the Catholic to delve more deeply into the Word of God. It can be done in the home among family members, including young children; it can be done with officemates at the coffee shop or during lunch breaks; it can be done anytime, anywhere, with anyone.
The LBS can also be a simple but effective way of evangelizing others. When someone is invited to share a meal and the Bible is taken up, it is non-threatening and one is not required to commit to the weekly sessions. Then, when a particular LBS group grows larger through adding one person at a time, it can split into two groups, and so on.
Part of the work of LCSC in promoting LBS is to distribute Bibles for free, especially among the poor. Each Bible, with both Old and New Testaments, only cost about US$1 or Euro 1. But distributing thousands of Bibles will eventually cost much. Those who want to support this pillar of LCSC are welcome to donate to this cause.
Pope encourages all families to read the Bible
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has asked for prayers for the bishops who are about to begin work in the two-week Synod of the Family and invited all families to keep a Bible handy in their homes, and read it often.
Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer on Sunday, he mentioned the just-celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to inaugurate the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
The Pope explained that the bishops have been called to take care and promote the family according to God’s plan, and thus they will meet for two intense weeks of listening and dialogue on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family within the context of Evangelization”.
“For the family to be able to proceed well, with trust and with hope, it must be nurtured by the Word of God” he said.
And mentioning the fact that in the Square the Pauline brothers had just distributed Bibles to those present, the Pope said: “Today, as the Synod for the Family opens, with the help of the Pauline brothers there is a Bible for every family! Not to just put it on a shelf, but to keep it on hand, dip into it often, both individually and together, husband and wife, parents and children, perhaps in the evening, especially on Sundays. In this way the family will grow and walk in the light and the strength of God’s Word!”
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