Written on 25 January 2016, 09.01 by Gene C. Alberto

Are all the passages of the Bible to be understood according to our modern manner of expression?
No; some of the passages of the Bible are not to be understood according to our modern way of expression, since they contain certain figure of speech, parables, and literary forms used by people of ancient times but not employed in the present.
For example, the parable of the Good Samaritan was not something that really happened, but a story Our Lord told to show us how to love one another.  The Church tells us what parts of the Bible really happened and what parts teach lessons.
How do we know the true meaning of the Bible?
We can know the true meaning of the Bible from the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, which has received from Jesus Christ the right and the duty to teach and to explain all that God has revealed.
Parts of the Bible are difficult to understand which the unlearned and the unstable distort.  The Church helps us to understand the Bible and to be sure of what God meant in each part of it.

Are the Catholics encouraged by the Church to read the Bible?
Yes, we are obliged, especially the Gospels, which tell about the earthly life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man.
It is good to read a little bit of the Gospels every day.  Special indulgences are granted for the reading of the Bible.  The Bible is rich food and even a little can be very nourishing to our soul.  Read it slowly and carefully.  Think of what you read.  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and it will make the parts that are hard at first clearer as time goes on.

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•    Jn 20:31. Mt...

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The Devil’s Trap

Do the devils really exist?
We know from divine revelation (Holy Scripture and Church) that devils do exist.  “Satan and other devils are by nature spirit...created by God, and so originally good, but fell into sin of their own free will, and they are eternally damned” (The New Catechism 391-95).
During a catechists retreat, a priest shared this story with us.  It revealed how the devil strategically lures us to his kingdom.
Satan called a worldwide convention.  In his opening address to his evil angels, he said:  “We can’t keep them reading their bibles and knowing the truth.  We can’t even keep them from conservative values.  But we can do something else.  We can keep them from forming an intimate abiding experience in Christ.  If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to Church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that experience in Jesus Christ.
This is what I want you to do, angels:  “Distract them from gaining hold of their savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout the day!”
“How do we do this?” shouted the angels.

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Overview on the 51st International Eucharistic Congress

Our Catholic tradition gives high preference to the Eucharist.  The entire Church in the Philippines is privileged to host a very significant event – the 51st International Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Cebu on January 24-31, 2016.  This is the second privileged opportunity for us to host such a great event – the first one being in 1937 in Manila.
As we embark with much enthusiasm on a spiritual journey towards March 2021, the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines, this is one providential occasion for Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in our country.
This event is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for most of us.  His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop-Emeritus of Cebu will preside at the Mass during the International Eucharistic Congress.

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Another Year has Ended

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)

Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to see and feel anew the bounties of nature, the magic of sunshine, the shower of rain, and the refreshing air in the morning and sunset.
Thank you, Lord, for the love of family, affection of friends, and deep concern of people, even those who do not belong to my faith, for their many kindness.
Thank you, Lord, for each day not marred by fear of a test, a feud with a friend, or housework mislaid.
Thank you, Lord, for cheerful conversation, help given, unasked, and a kiss in passing from a son who long since thought himself too big for such display of affection.
Thank you, Lord, that as well as the expense, the worries and grey Mondays, we have days like this: jewel – bright, filled with love and laughter.  Help me to appreciate it now and remember it later when the storms blew up again.
Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful privilege of witnessing to that love and proclaiming Your Name throughout the year.
Thank you, Lord, for your abiding love for me, despite all my weaknesses, my fears, my anxieties through the turmoil of this troubled world.
And, thank you, Lord for giving me another year of my life.
May this testimony be acceptable in Your sight and may Your blessing abide with us through the coming year – Thank You, God.

 

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