Saturday, October 1, 2016

reg_logo_320Why Study the Bible” and interview with Steve Ray and Edward Sri

Posted by Joseph Pronechen on Sunday Sep 25th, 2016 at 8:22 AM
Experts Urge Catholics to Explore Scripture

Mary Kee knows the benefits of Bible study groups, which she has participated in for upwards of 20 years, usually at her home parish of St. Theresa Church in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn.

She says she began to study the Bible “to better understand the Scripture passages, the readings at Sunday Mass and the daily readings, and to enhance my understanding of the faith.”

Stephen Ray, author, speaker, writer-producer-host of the DVD series The Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation From Abraham to Augustine and EWTN guest, agrees: “St. Jerome said back in the third century, ‘Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.’ You can’t say it any simpler.”

Screen Shot 2016-10-01 at 5.27.21 AM“It’s the word of God,” Ray emphasized.

He finds it ironic that people often travel the world looking for apparitions and seeking the words of God, “and right on our table, gathering dust, is the Bible. We’re trying to hear God’s word today, and what’s sitting on the table is the inspired and infallible word of God.”

Edward Sri, professor of theology at the Augustine Institute and author of The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures (Ascension Press), points out that all Catholics need to see sacred Scripture isn’t just a bunch of stories from a long time ago or ancient text with proverbial wisdom. “These are the inspired words of God — God speaking to each one of us through the sacred Scriptures,” he explained.

No Foreign Idea

Why might people shy away from reading and studying the Bible? Ray believes that many Catholics think that Protestants have claimed the Bible for themselves.

“In reality,” Ray ( explained, “it’s one of the most important things that we do. This is our book. We’re the ones who wrote it and translated it. It’s our heirloom.” It should be “read in our family,” he added.

Screen Shot 2016-10-01 at 5.27.11 AM Multiple Bible Studies for all at Catholic Scripture Study International

St. Jerome, whose feast day is Sept. 30, helped see to that. A doctor of the Church, he translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, the Vulgate.

The Church makes sure that the Bible is not foreign to the faithful.

All Catholics going to church on Sundays “are exposed to so much of the Bible,” Sri ( said. “It’s like being part of a junior Bible study. A Catholic just showing up at Mass is exposed to the great breadth of Scripture.”

“At the same time, we should take time outside the liturgy to read the sacred Scriptures and see them as not just offering abstract theological principles, but see that this is God speaking to us today.”

He emphasizes that when God spoke to the Israelites at Mount Sinai and he gave them the Ten Commandments, “before they were ever put on the tablets of stone, he spoke the words on Mount Sinai to all the people, not just to Moses. All the people heard.”

“But look at the ‘Thou shall’ and ‘Thou shalt not,’” he added. “It was in the second person singular. Not in the plural ‘you’ all. … It was a personal word.”

“He might be telling me a story, but if I’m prayerfully reading the sacred Scriptures, I would sense there is something in this for me in my life today,” he continued. “There’s something God wants to show me in this word written centuries ago. These words written down continue to have life today and speak to my mind and heart today.”

The Bible for All

Don’t be intimidated by the Bible, Ray emphasized: The Bible is written for ordinary people as well as for scholars.

For the whole article, click here.

For a great Bible Study program for individuals and groups, for novices and veterans, click here.


The Catholic Case for Voting Trump

by Steve Ray on October 1, 2016

The Catholic Case for Voting TrumpThe Catholic Case for Voting Trump

by | Sep 30, 2016

In just over one month our nation heads to the polls with perhaps the starkest choice for President that there has ever been. First, Catholics are called to actively form their consciences in the truths of natural law and the wisdom of the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church. Second, Catholics are called to vote, as a matter of moral and civic duty, in accordance with a well-formed conscience.

Choose the Greater Good

Some Catholics defend voting for one of the major party candidates because he or she is “the lesser of the two evils.”  The problem with this approach is that choosing the lesser of the two evils is not truly a Catholic perspective. We must never choose evil of any quantity. The ends never justify the means. We are always called to choose the good, so it is true that a choice between evil and evil is no choice at all. But is this really the reality we are facing as voters?

wP1RRqwlSome Catholics believe the two major Presidential candidates are so incredibly evil that one cannot in good conscience vote for either. But are Clinton and Trump devoid of all goodness? I would hope that even the most ardent supporter of one could look at the other candidate and their platform and find something good therein. It is as silly to argue that these two human beings are perfectly evil as it is to argue that they are perfectly good.

Rather than asking who is more evil, the truly Catholic approach is to enter into the opposite perspective of seeking who is more good. Rather than voting for the lesser of the two evils, we can and should be voting for the greater of the two goods. To do this we must look carefully at their different platforms and positions in order to reasonably consider the two very different outcomes of each candidate being elected. With those different outcomes in mind, we must then ask who is best for the nation and vote for the greatest good.

Abortion is the Greatest Moral Evil of Our Time

p-hillary-clinton-meme1-1000x-730x531A rightly formed Catholic conscience understands that we are not single issue voters, we care and have a stake in just about every issue you can think of, but we are voters who assign varying degrees of importance to each issue and there is no issue of greater weight in our time than the legalized killing of innocent unborn children known as abortion. This position is clear, unwavering, and essential for a well-formed Catholic conscience. Human life is sacred and every right we have is based on the right to life.

For the whole article, click here.

Please pass this along to friends, family, Facebook, etc.  The differences are “day and night” and I hope as Catholics we rise to the occasion.

Another good article on the difference between Trump and Clinton here.

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