The Sept. The initiative commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's dogmatic constitution on divine Revelation, "Dei Verbum. I offer my most cordial greeting to all of you who are taking part in the Congress on "Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church," an event organized by the Catholic Biblical Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of "Dei Verbum," the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. I congratulate you on this initiative, connected with one of the most important Documents of the Second Vatican Council. I greet the Cardinals and Bishops, who are the first witnesses of the Word of God, the theologians who investigate, explain and translate it into today's language, the Pastors who seek in it appropriate solutions for the problems of our time.
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The Sept. The initiative commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's dogmatic constitution on divine Revelation, "Dei Verbum. I offer my most cordial greeting to all of you who are taking part in the Congress on "Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church," an event organized by the Catholic Biblical Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of "Dei Verbum," the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.
I congratulate you on this initiative, connected with one of the most important Documents of the Second Vatican Council. I greet the Cardinals and Bishops, who are the first witnesses of the Word of God, the theologians who investigate, explain and translate it into today's language, the Pastors who seek in it appropriate solutions for the problems of our time. I warmly thank all who work in the service of the translation and circulation of the Bible, providing the means for explaining, teaching and interpreting its message.
In this regard, my special thanks go to the Catholic Biblical Federation for its activity, the biblical ministry it promotes and its faithful support of the directives of the Magisterium as well as to its spirit of openness to ecumenical collaboration in the biblical context.
I express my deepest joy at the presence at this Congress of "Fraternal Delegates" of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities of East and West, and I greet with cordial respect the representatives who have spoken on behalf of the great world Religions. The Dogmatic Constitution "Dei Verbum," whose drafting I personally witnessed as a young theologian, taking part in the lively discussions that went with it, begins with a deeply meaningful sentence: "Dei Verbum religiose audiens et fidenter proclamans, Sacrosancta Synodus With these words the Council points out a descriptive aspect of the Church: she is a community that listens to and proclaims the Word of God.
The Church does not live on herself but on the Gospel, and in the Gospel always and ever anew finds the directions for her journey. This is a point that every Christian must understand and apply to himself or herself: only those who first listen to the Word can become preachers of it.
Indeed, they must not teach their own wisdom but the wisdom of God, which often appears to be foolishness in the eyes of the world cf. The Church knows well that Christ lives in the Sacred Scriptures. For this very reason -- as the Constitution stresses -- she has always venerated the divine Scriptures in the same way as she venerates the Body of the Lord cf. In view of this, St. Jerome, cited by the conciliar Document, said that ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ cf.
The Church and the Word of God are inseparably linked. The Church lives on the Word of God and the Word of God echoes through the Church, in her teaching and throughout her life cf. The Apostle Peter, therefore, reminds us that no prophecy contained in Scripture can be subjected to a personal interpretation. It is rather that men impelled by the Holy Spirit have spoken under God's influence" 2 Peter We are grateful to God that in recent times, and thanks to the impact made by the Dogmatic Constitution "Dei Verbum" the fundamental importance of the Word of God has been deeply re-evaluated.
From this has derived a renewal of the Church's life, especially in her preaching, catechesis, theology and spirituality, and even in the ecumenical process. The Church must be constantly renewed and rejuvenated and the Word of God, which never ages and is never depleted, is a privileged means to achieve this goal. Indeed, it is the Word of God, through the Holy Spirit, which always guides us to the whole truth cf. John In this context, I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of "Lectio divina": "the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart" cf.
If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church -- I am convinced of it -- a new spiritual springtime. As a strong point of biblical ministry, "Lectio divina" should therefore be increasingly encouraged, also through the use of new methods, carefully thought through and in step with the times. It should never be forgotten that the Word of God is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path cf.
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Benedict XVI Reflects on 'Dei Verbum'
Hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith, the sacred synod takes its direction from these words of St. John: "We announce to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you, so that you may have fellowship with us and our common fellowship be with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ" 1 John Therefore, following in the footsteps of the Council of Trent and of the First Vatican Council, this present council wishes to set forth authentic doctrine on divine revelation and how it is handed on, so that by hearing the message of salvation the whole world may believe, by believing it may hope, and by hoping it may love. In His goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of His will see Eph. Through this revelation, therefore, the invisible God see Col. This plan of revelation is realized by deeds and words having an inner unity: the deeds wrought by God in the history of salvation manifest and confirm the teaching and realities signified by the words, while the words proclaim the deeds and clarify the mystery contained in them.
Dei Verbum: A Summary
God in dialogue  The analogy of the word of God  The cosmic dimension of the word  The creation of man  The realism of the word  Christology of the word  The eschatological dimension of the word of God  The word of God and the Holy Spirit  Tradition and Scripture  Sacred Scripture, inspiration and truth  God the Father, source and origin of the word . The word of God in the sacred liturgy  Sacred Scripture and the sacraments  The word of God and the Eucharist  The sacramentality of the word  Sacred Scripture and the Lectionary  Proclamation of the word and the ministry of Reader  The importance of the homily  The fittingness of a Directory on Homiletics  The word of God, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick  The word of God and the Liturgy of the Hours  The word of God and the Book of Blessings  Suggestions and practical proposals for promoting fuller participation in the liturgy . Encountering the word of God in sacred Scripture  Letting the Bible inspire pastoral activity  The biblical dimension of catechesis  The biblical formation of Christians  Sacred Scripture in large ecclesial gatherings  The word of God and vocations . The value of interreligious dialogue  Dialogue between Christians and Muslims  Dialogue with other religions  Dialogue and religious freedom . Before all else, I would like to call to mind the beauty and pleasure of the renewed encounter with the Lord Jesus which we experienced during the synodal assembly. The Apostle speaks to us of hearing, seeing, touching and looking upon cf. Called to communion with God and among ourselves, we must proclaim this gift.
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation: Dei Verbum
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