A few weeks ago, while our local Lumen Veritas youth group was gathering, I offered a faith study opportunity for any parents willing to hang around and listen to me drone on for a hour or so.
With the end of the Year of Faith close at hand we thought it would be good to take a look at the role of Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church through the lens of Vatican Council II. To that end I created a “short study” guide with excerpts from Sacrosanctum concilium and Dei Verbum, as well as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and Verbum Domini, and some reflection questions to facilitate the conversation:
I’ve released the study guide under a Creative Commons license, so feel free to print it out, make copies, and adapt it for your own use. Just make sure to credit the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for its original creation.
Our plan is for me to do similar events for the parents once a month or so; if I create more resources like the one above I’ll be sure to share them here.
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’ (1Jn 1:2-3). 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.
– Dei Verbum (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation)
22 years after Pius XII’s encyclical on biblical studies, Divino Afflante Spiritu, Pope Paul VI promulgated Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation from the Second Vatican Council.
Dei Verbum begins with an extended reflection on the nature of Divine Revelation itself. Stressing the importance of both God’s words and deeds (2), the document goes on to show that “Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through his whole work of making Himself present and manifesting Himself… especially through His death and glorious resurrection.” Because revelation has been perfected, “we now await no further new public revelation” (4). Finally, the Council Fathers affirm that while God can be known through the light of human reason, it is only through grace that man is able to submit to revealed truth (5,6). Continue reading “On the Catholic Interpretation of the Bible: Dei Verbum”