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Scripture is the Face of Christ

St. Bernard

What is the purpose of a picture? Have you looked at a picture of your mother lately? I have. My mother passed away in 1986. It has been 21 years and in this span of time something strange happens: you begin to forget how she looked like. You forget her voice and so many other details.

For the purpose of the bible study we use the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE) for its accuracy and its propensity to stay close to the original at the risk of sounding terse or dry.

The 'Book of Damnation' is not a real book of Scripture, rather it is a title given to the first 39 chapters of the Book of Isaiah owing to the many oracles the Prophet speaks against nations and kingdoms.

It depends what you mean by "their children". If by "children" you mean Cain, Abel and Seth then tradition suggests that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters. For instance, the JPS Torah Commentary explains Cain's reply to God's sentence "whoever will find me will slay me" in Genesis 4:14 as an indication that any future children of Adam and Eve will seek vengeance against Cain.

The answer to this question is neither trivial nor straightforward. To properly understand the meaning of the Seven Letters, the Seven Seals, the Seven Trumpets and the Seven Bowls of Wrath one has to understand the Book of Revelation as a whole for the meaning of these seemingly strange objects cannot be properly grasped outside their immediate context and apart from the totality of Scripture.

This quotation is taken from the encyclical Casti Connubii in which Pius XI writes that "Christ Our Lord, Son of the Eternal Father, having assumed the nature of fallen man...". On the surface we might be tempted to think that the Holy Father indicates that the nature of Christ is a fallen nature; that is Christ was born under the penalty of Sin.

Can you prove that love exist?
Can you actually come up with a full-proof that anyone (your mother, your father, your wife, etc) who claims to love you, does actually love you?

What is needed for a good study of Scripture

Your understanding of Scripture is as good as your prayer

Scott Hahn once said something to the effect that you're in trouble if you prefer talking about the Lord than talking to the Lord. Look, teaching Scripture is great, don't get me wrong, but it pales by comparision to the silent comtemplation of the Lord. In fact nothing gets even close to that. I'm not making this up. The Lord did, and since He is God we can trust that He knows what He is talking about. Saint Martha once got herself busy with cell phones, online orders, and her charitable work while St. Mary sat at the feet of the Lord. St. Martha, being a true friend of the Lord, could ask him anything she wanted so she did:

St. Rafka (Rebecca)

Saint Rebecca (Rafka in Arabic)

The short answer is not really. As Catholics, we understand that Scripture's ultimate purpose is the Mass. Scripture leads us to the fount of life and life is found when we partake of the Eucharist.

In the Maronite Liturgy as in many other Eastern liturgies we sing the Trisagion, the proclamation of God's ineffable majesty and power, although in our case we sing it in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke when he walked this Earth:

Don't think of prayer like an activity; something you need to do, an item on your check list. Prayer is a visit to friend, a time spent with someone who loves you, where the language of love is not centered in your senses or emotions but in the depth of your spirit. Therefore, prayer is foreign to most of us and you must be patient, learning its language slowly.
Here is one recipe that works well. This is a suggestion. There are many other ways and feel free to adapt this to your needs, but do not adapt it until you understand what you are doing.

You wash regularly don't you? Confession is for your soul what water is for your body; it cleanses, refreshes, and replenishes you with the Grace of God. 

How often do you shower? Is your body more important than your soul?
If I could go to Confession each day of the week, I would. Unfortunately my own sloth, the worries of daily life, and the schedule at most churches preclude me from doing this. So, I've gotten in the habit of going every Saturday (unless my Saturday goes berserk) because Saturday is the day when Confession is offered in most parishes.

Elements of a good Confession

First things first: Go. Do not worry too much about the quality of your confession. Getting yourself to go is a feat like the Himalayas (climbing them that is). Just get up and go. Here is what you should do when you get there:

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Scripture is not easy to interpret. Anyone who reads Scripture attentively knows that. St. Philip asked an Ethiopian fellow who was reading the Prophet Isaiah: "Do you understand what you are reading?", and the Ethiopian answered with a lot of common sense: "How can I unless someone instructs me?"

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Library Support

A library is a collection of talks covering an entire bible study. For instance, the "Genesis Library" covers the bible study for the Book of Genesis, whereas the "Revelation Library" covers the bible study for the Book of Revelation. They are offered at a steep discount. Click on Subscribe to learn more about subscribing to a library. If you prefer ordering a library as a collection of CDs,then click on Ordering CDs.

The libraries are designed to help Catholics form a solid foundation for their faith through the study of Scripture according to the mind of the Church. To that end we recommend to beginners to start with the Catholic Foundation Library since it is a prerequisite for everything else.

Here is a summary list of the libraries with the associated donation.

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