UNBORN WORD of the day


Entrusting oneself to the word (as in a womb)
June 30, 2008, 11:21 pm
Filed under: John Paul II

Pope John Paul II speaking to Bishops:

“The assembly of the Synod of Bishops indicated several indispensable means for the sustenance and progress of the spiritual life. First among these is reading and meditating on the word of God….Before becoming one who hands on the word, the Bishop, together with his priests and indeed like every member of the faithful and like the Church herself, must be a hearer of the word. He should live ”within” the word and allow himself to be protected and nourished by it, as if by a mother’s womb. With Saint Ignatius of Antioch the Bishop must say: ”I commend myself to the Gospel as to the flesh of Christ”. Each Bishop will thus take to heart the well-known admonition of Saint Jerome quoted by the Second Vatican Council: ”Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ”. There can be no primacy of holiness without attentive listening to the Word of God, which is the guide and nourishment of all holiness.”

Pope John Paul II, On The Bishop, Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ For the Hope of the World.


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