I love it!!!
Catholicism is so Scripture-rific! That is not usually a description one hears about Catholicism because, unfortunately, many Catholics are woefully lax in their use of Scripture for prayer and for guidance in the Christian life. However, Catholicism is completely founded on God's Word (both in Sacred Scripture and Apostolic Tradition) and the Bible is a "catholic" book. If each of us as Catholic Christians relied more on the Scriptures, the opening exclamation of this post wouldn't seem so foreign. That should be our task.
Apparently, Pope Benedict just might be thinking along these lines. Albeit, if he is, he is expressing these same sentiments in much more intelligent and credible fashion. Why do I make that claim? Because I just read on the Vatican website that 2008 will see the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops meeting from the 5th to the 26th of October. That is two years away.
And the theme of that meeting will be: In Latin: "Verbum Domini in vita et missione Ecclesiae" or, in English, "The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church". Remember when, just months after his election, Pope Benedict made comments about the ancient prayer form using the Scriptures called "lectio divina"? He called Catholics to remember the value of that prayer form, especially in an age dominated by noise and distraction. And now this Synod theme. And we know what comes after a Synod meeting... a document from the Pope condensing and distilling all the lessons of the theme treated by the bishops at the meeting. So we have two years to wait for the Synod, and who knows how long to wait after that to get our hands on the Pope's Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. What ever will I do until then? Hey, maybe deepen my own use of Scripture and my own practice of lection divina. I love it!!!