We hope to see you in a week! 🌲⛪️🌸🌲⛪️🌹🌲🌸🌲🌿 Daily Spiritual Reflection “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (1 Tm3:16-17). One of the greatest blessings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), was that it strongly encouraged the study, praying, and living of the Sacred Scriptures by all in the Church: laity, consecrated religious and clergy. The Scriptures fill the liturgy and prayer of the Church. Our faith-life, spirituality, doctrines and worship are founded in and on Scripture. The Scriptures introduce us to God, reveal the movement of God in life and form us into true disciples of Jesus.
Reading and praying the Scriptures is a must for growing in our life with Jesus. The Council Fathers of Vatican II teach us that “in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them” (Dei Verbum, 21). St. Jerome, the great Scripture translator and commentator said it well: “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” For the faithful and serious disciple of Jesus, reading and praying Scripture is both a necessity and a welcome task. It is having a conversation with God, our best friend.
Reading the Bible can be a bit intimidating because it contains many lessons. But there are many good Catholic aids to assist in the both the study and praying of the Scriptures. An internet search will point one to these aids.
St. Paul’s instruction that Scripture is useful reminds us that the Lord gave us Scripture for one reason, that we can know Him. The Bible reminds us that in God’s love we will know abundant mercy and kindness, and we will grow in union with God. Today, spend time reading that Bible and hear God speak His love to you. It will be the best conversation of the day
Fr. Don Siple, OSM, Rector of The Grotto