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"' [": ........ ' " ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVF.MBER 4, 1990 PAGE 9 trl Church we have been sadly lacking in I [ "Bible," from page 1 munion, and the final blessing are all | These writings expressed the mem taken from the Bible. '| rles and developing understanding o Much of the Catholic life of prayer : the community of faith which were and worship is rooted in the Bible. The tc !| PrOclaimed, sung and reenacted as the Liturgy of the Hours is entirely biblical. ChUrch gathered. Many of the prayers used in the eel- , [ :It was the Catholic Church whichebration of the sacraments are taken Preserved these writings, selected those from the Bible. When we pray the Our Father and the Hail Mary, we are utter- i!l iog wordsGospe,s If Catholics did no more than listen 1 to the Bible proclaimed at Mass on rabbi discuss Scriptures Little Rock- Msgr. John O'Donnell and Rabbi Eugene Levy will discuss Catholic and Jewish ap- proaches to the Scriptures to '/ ....... mark the 25th SCripture. Sunday, over a three-year cycle, they anniversary of J would hear most of the four Gospels, genuine biblical reading and study in Nostra Aerate, the j much of the New Testament letters, and recent centuries. The Second Vatican Vatican II docu- hich best expressed its living faith, and a generous helping of Old TestamentCouncil, however, in its Dogmatic Con- ment reaffirming y011ected them together to form the passages from the Law, the Prophets stitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Catholic-Jewish Lht[ Spired Scriptures. It was from this and the Writings. The Lectionary of Verbum), strongly recommended the use relations. :hi[ acred collection of literature that the readings contains selections from every of Scripture by all Catholics. 'EasyThe men will M--r O'Donnell base their dlscus- pastors and scholars began to write book of the Bible with the exception of access to sacred Scripture," it states, " " " [ earliest theology of the Church. Obadiah, the shortest book of the Old "should be provided for all the Chris- sion on the recently-released book, The | "ue creeds emerged from these bibli- Testament. dan faithful.' The Council reminds us Bible and Us, by Rev. Andrew Greeley ldY[ . l Writings in order to sum- that "the Church has always and Rabbi Jacob Nuesner. They will t0"l - raze the essence of belief, --- -- venerated the Scriptures as she speak on Nov. 12 I t0j early doctrine of the at[;,, ,4",,,,off 4, ,,,1,, venerates the Body of the and 19 at ~[ILlr .L=/r~f Ibl br,. L4,/[J I I,~ U J.~l l~l I, O J; L~.IMVg,1,1., [,l & CJ ldl, , J h' ch developed to clarify ..q Lord. Both the Word of God i Temple B'Nai Is- lei[ lhlical expressions and to ,. ff ,,,, ata,'T,. and the Eucharist are the rael, 3700 N. I~el . . I bl.,.11,b| ] ~ bib i.41.1.1. Wg~,.~l.atUII1. i.11.4.. I.~..L4..L,.II.. L4.1&L4.. . . aeJtI P interpret the Bible m 2q' sources ofhfeand nourishment Rodney Parham ~. eW cultures " for the Peo le of God The ' i admomsh one another, smgmg psalms, p Rd.. from 7:30- | /It Was through the spoken council urges us to realize that 9 PM, and the visual arts that hymns and inspired songs with grati- the Bible is our book: "For in O'Donnell is " '~ie icJ Catholic tradition passed the sacred books, the Father pastor of Im- #[ the Bible to a world where tu (e in your hearts to qod. And what- who is in heaven meets his maculate Con- ,two th,'great majority could nei- children with great love and ception Church ,erread or write. The per- ever you..,.: i rd or in deed, do speaks them; and the force Rabbi "Levy in North Little .'it J tl ct ted Church worshipped eve tf i?g ngTIle of the f_.,ord and power of the Word of God Rock. Levy is the i | . the catacombs and sur- TTff is so great that that it remains congregational leader of Temple B'Nai | Unded itself with brightly . eSl, gtving than to oac the Father the support and energy of the Israel in Little Rock. htl ?10red frescoes which de- Church, the strength of faith i PIC Ugh d][ ip,ted scenes from Christ's t[iro Him. for her children, the food of [ along with biblical heroes the soul, the pure and peren- Salvific events. In an age nial source of spiritual life." [ Which tests of the hand- There is a healthy hunger led Bible were rare, Catholic artistsUnfortunately, in our day funda-among Catholics for more biblically- tea living contact with biblical im- mentalist Christianity seems most closely based prayer and study. Thishungeris scenes from the Bible to nur- allied with the Bible, at least according not for a new style of religion or a desire %~1" o Y. The reat cathedrals and to common perception. While gener- to imitate other Christian denomina- ~' " "tiLl " rches throughout the Catholic world ally very sincere and adamant, such tions, but rather a yearning to return 1| rrOUnded the people of God with churches have a very limited under- to our Church's roots. It is the Catho- The Great Themes of Scripture, by :| " 0sa'tc cs, stained glass, paintings" " and standing of what the Bible challenges lic tradition of Christianity that formed Rev. Richard Rohr, OFM, and Joseph | Lllptures making biblical images us to be. In such churches the Bible is the Bible -- handing it on through the Martos (St. Anthony Messenger Press), Ureathe . . Old Testament, $5.95; New Testament, w th express on and color, presented as the only guide for Chris- ages -- and now must continue to ex- | ;, Yen Catholics are surprised to real- tian living, and any thought thatJesus perience it as the heart of our faith. $6.95 The Catholic Bible Study Handbook, :] that our Mass is not only based on established an apostolic Church with a We Catholics have available all the By Jerome Kodell, OSB (Servant Books), e l ihle but is permeated with biblical teaching authority, a Spirit-guided Tra- tools needed to make us a Bible-read- $8.95. Yers. Every element of the Mass dition, and a sacramental life is dis- ing, Bible-loving, Bible-living people of New Paths Through the Old Testa- ;'] related to Scripture. The counted. Itiswithin the living commu- God. We each need to do our part to ment, by Caroll Stuhlmueller, CP. I a