Our Sword (The Word of God)
And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). Ephesians 6:17
For the word of God is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
'All Scripture, inspired by God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice' II Tim 3:16
Let us read the Gospel, a small section each day. This way we will learn what is most essential in our lives: love and mercy.~Pope Francis
'Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ' In Is. Prologue St. Jerome
'Nothing must be taught without the Sacred Scriptures' PG 33,476-7 St. Cyril of Jerusalem
'Everything in the divine Scriptures is clear and straightforward; they inform us about all that is necessary' Epis 2 ad Thess 3,4 St. John Chrysostom
“To become adult Christians you must learn familiarity with the scriptures” [On the Letter to the Ephesians - Education of Children.] St. John Chrysostom
“But what is the answer to these charges? ‘I am not,’ you will say, ‘one of the monks, but I have both a wife and children, and the care of a household.’ This is what has ruined everything, your thinking that the reading of scripture is for monks only, when you need it more than they do. Those who are placed in the world, and who receive wounds every day have the most need of medicine. So, far worse even than not reading the scriptures is the idea that they are superfluous. Such things were invented by the devil.” (St. John’s Second Homily on Matthew section 10 (which is sometimes labeled as section 5.) ] St. John Chrysostom
“The Emperor of heaven, the Lord of men and of angels, has sent you His epistles for your life’s advantage—and yet you neglect to read them eagerly. Study them, I beg you, and meditate daily on the words of your Creator. Learn the heart of God in the words of God, that you may sigh more eagerly for things eternal, that your soul may be kindled with greater longings for heavenly joys.” [Letters, 5, 46. (EnchBibl 31)] Pope St. Gregory I
“The person who thirsts for God eagerly studies and meditates on the inspired Word, knowing that there, he is certain to find the One for whom he thirsts.” [Commentary on the Song of Songs, Sermon 23:3.] St. Bernard of Clairvaux
“It can hardly be necessary for us to remind you, beloved brethren, that the most highly valued treasure of every family library, and the most frequently and lovingly made use of, should be the Holy Scriptures.... We hope that no family can be found amongst us without a correct version of the Holy Scriptures.” Third Council of Baltimore
“Nothing would please us more than to see our beloved children form the habit of reading the Gospels - not merely from time to time, but every day.” Pope St. Pius X
30 Q: Why may we only read translations of the Bible approved by the Church?
A: We may only read translations of the Bible approved by the Church because she alone is the lawful guardian of the Bible.
31 Q: Through which means can we know the true meaning of the Holy Scripture?
A: We can only know the true meaning of Holy Scripture through the Church's interpretation, because she alone is secure against error in that interpretation.
— Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X: On the Virtues and Vices: On Holy Scripture
“Our one desire for all the Church's children is that, being saturated with the Bible, they may arrive at the all surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ.” Pope Benedict XV
If you do not use Our Sword it is useless. You must pick up the Sword (The Word of God) everyday and use it. You will never regret it and will ever rejoice in the time spent getting to know Jesus through His inspired Word.
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