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Post  Admin on Fri Nov 07 2008, 02:31

CATHOLICS MUST OWN A BIBLE


by @doi on Wed 5 Nov 2008 - 6:10Bishops: Catholics must own a Bible

31 October 2008

Bishops pictured in St Peter's Basilica at the closing Mass of the Synod on the Word of God
Every Catholic should have a copy of the Bible, read it and pray with it regularly the Synod of Bishops in Rome has said.

In
their final message to the world's Catholics the 253 members of the
synod said: "Every home should have its own Bible and safeguard it in a
visible and dignified way, to read it and to pray with it."

And,
like Jesus who came to proclaim hope and salvation, "the Christian has
the mission to announce this divine word of hope by sharing with the
poor and the suffering, through the witness of faith in the kingdom of
truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, and love and peace"
the synod said. "Authentic hearing is obeying and acting. It means
making justice and love blossom in life."

It is not enough to
explain the word of God to others, the bishops said, but people must
let others see and experience the goodness of God through the good that
they do.

Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the
Pontifical Council for Culture and principal drafter of the message,
told reporters that "if the word of God is love, then one who has read
and prayed over the word must incarnate love. It must lead to
communion, solidarity and dialogue."

Nearing
the end of a synod that featured for the first time a major address by
the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the bishops also insisted that
"veneration and love for the word of God" is "the principle and source
of a first and real unity" that Catholics share with other Christians.

"This
bond must always be reinforced" through joint work on biblical
translations, the distribution of Bibles, shared prayer, dialogue and
study about differing approaches to interpretation and "the common
witness of the word of God in a secularised world" the message said.

The
bishops said the fact that Christians and Jews both recognise and love
the Old Testament calls them to an "intense encounter" with each other.
In learning more about Judaism, Christians can learn more about Jesus
and his disciples who were Jewish and can enrich their understanding of
the Bible by studying Jewish traditions of interpretation, they said.

Because
Muslims recognise biblical themes, figures and symbols and witness to
faith "in the one, compassionate and merciful God, the Creator of all
beings and judge of humanity", Christians also are invited to dialogue
with them, the synod said.

Buddhists' "respect for life,
contemplation, silence, simplicity [and] renunciation" Hinduism's
"sense of the sacred, sacrifice, pilgrimage, fasting and sacred
symbols" and Confucianism' s promotion of "wisdom and family and social
values" are also fertile grounds for dialogue, the bishops said.

In
their message the bishops explained the various forms the word of God
has taken: the spoken word that created the universe and can still be
seen in nature; the Bible, the record of the history of salvation
written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; and Jesus Christ, the
word made flesh.
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Post  @doi on Thu Nov 27 2008, 22:16

naa unta pod bible ibutang raman sa suok mao nanimahong ok2x.. Very Happy

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Post  Princess on Fri Nov 28 2008, 03:31

@doi wrote:naa unta pod bible ibutang raman sa suok mao nanimahong ok2x.. Very Happy


Pastilan, pastilan kanimong bataa ka..hahhaha lol! lol! lol!

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Post  @doi on Fri Nov 28 2008, 06:43

Princess wrote:
@doi wrote:naa unta pod bible ibutang raman sa suok mao nanimahong ok2x.. Very Happy


Pastilan, pastilan kanimong bataa ka..hahhaha lol! lol! lol!
Ngano pastilan man?.. Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Princess on Fri Nov 28 2008, 08:08

@doi wrote:
Princess wrote:
@doi wrote:naa unta pod bible ibutang raman sa suok mao nanimahong ok2x.. Very Happy


Pastilan, pastilan kanimong bataa ka..hahhaha lol! lol! lol!
Ngano pastilan man?.. Very Happy Very Happy


Hahaha, wala lang...
Laughing Laughing

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Post  @doi on Sun Nov 30 2008, 11:10

Princess wrote:
@doi wrote:
Princess wrote:
@doi wrote:naa unta pod bible ibutang raman sa suok mao nanimahong ok2x.. Very Happy


Pastilan, pastilan kanimong bataa ka..hahhaha lol! lol! lol!
Ngano pastilan man?.. Very Happy Very Happy


Hahaha, wala lang...
Laughing Laughing
WALA JUD... Very Happy

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THE BIBLE AND THE COAL BASKET

Post  @doi on Sat Dec 13 2008, 11:57

THE BIBLE AND THE COAL BASKET

The story is told of an old
man
who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young
grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at
the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.

His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he
could. One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just
like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon
as I close the book. What good does
reading the Bible do?" The grandfather
quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal
basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water." The boy did as he was told, even though all
the water leaked out before he
could get back to the house.

The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next
time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned
home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was "impossible to
carry water in a basket," and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket
of water; I want a basket of water. You
can do this. You're just not trying hard
enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible,
but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as
fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but
when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.

Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!"

"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the
basket." The boy looked at the
basket
and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different.
Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. "Son, that's what
happens when you read
the Bible. You might not understand or remember
everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.

That is the work of God in our lives.

To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of
His son.

Take time to read a portion of God's word each day.

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