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Lesson 1 - Day 1

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (2)
For Monday, May 20, 2013

Suggested Scripture Reading

   John 1: 29-41

          "They asked,  "Where are you staying?" "Come," Jesus replied, "and you will see."  (Jn 1:38-39)


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Encountering God's Love

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)

In Catholic spirituality, God and God's compassion and love are encountered in both the sacrament and in the Word (Scripture). The author of "Introduction to the Bible" puts it this way.

"From its beginnings, Christianity has been a sacramental religion. The church is the continuation of the healing, forgiving, nourishing presence of Christ calling us to new and deeper life....

This experience of the Lord in both word and sacrament is mirrored in the human experience ...

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Touching Your Deepest Desires

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (1)

On page xi of the preface of "Introduction to the Bible," the author writes,

"I want to encourage and assure you that putting the Bible at the heart of your life in Christ can indeed transform you. When you make reflective reading and study of the Bible a part of your daily life, you will notice changes within yourself that will deepen your spirituality and lead you in a direction you sincerely desire. As you reflect on this ancient, inspired literature of God's family, you will bec...

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Feeling some resistance?

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (1)

On page 5 of the first lesson's supplemental reading, the author writes the following:

"How can I ever hope to read such a huge book? How can I understand the Bible when even scholars can't understand  it? How can I interpret the Bible when it is the cause of so much controversy and division? How can I understand the Bible that is written in such ancient language about events that happened so long ago? Why should I read the Bible when I seem to be getting along so well without ...

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Materials to start our Family Bible Study

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (7)

Hi All:

I am looking forward to this unique launching of our Family Bible Study. What a great way for us to celebrate and participate in the election of Pope Francis and the hope that he brings to the Church and world.

I would suggest that we begin with the Introduction to the Bible segment. That material costs $14. The recommended Bible costs $50. This Bible has commentaries on the readings we will be reflecting on. And though it would be helpful if we were all reading the same ...

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