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Musings 2002/164

Obviously, God required that man and woman work together in all things, but most especially in their relationship with God.
It is interesting, then, that it is The Woman that resembles God The Father most perfectly in creation.

The Woman of Scripture, Mary,
being Mother to God the Son in creation,
where God The Father
is father to The Son in Eternity.

Where Mary is the Immaculate Conception - created perfectly in goodness and purity from conception - in creation, The Father is perceived as perfect Goodness, in Eternity.
This is a most satisfactory fact when we recall that God is perceived as male. Yet, in creation His perfect creature is a female.
That Mary is the pinnacle of God's perfection in creation should be a source of rejoicing for all women, especially for those who would have women as the equal of men in most things and superior to them in the rest!
It is therefore a very strange thing that radical feminists have no respect at all, for Mary. In fact, it seems that, on the contrary, they actually hate her!
No doubt this hatred comes about because of Mary's chastity and her perfect obedience, whereas these feminists would not have a clue about chastity or obedience. Their fame for the reverse of both is, instead, their banner and their pride.
Catholics and Sacred Scripture

P 9. Nor should We fail to mention here
how earnestly
these same Our Predecessors,
when the opportunity occurred,
recommended the study or preaching
or in fine the pious reading
and meditation
on the Sacred Scriptures.

Pius X most heartily commended the society of St. Jerome,

which strives to promote
among the faithful
-- and to facilitate with all its power --
the truly praiseworthy custom
of reading and meditating
on the holy Gospels;

he exhorted them to persevere in the enterprise they had begun, proclaiming it "a most useful undertaking, as well as most suited to the times," seeing that it helps in no small way

"to dissipate the idea
that the Church is opposed to
or in any way impedes
the reading of the Scriptures
in the vernacular." [20]

And Benedict XV, on the occasion of the fifteenth centenary of the death of St. Jerome, the greatest Doctor of the Sacred Scriptures, after having most solemnly inculcated the precepts and examples of the same Doctor, as well as the principles and rules laid down by Leo XIII and by himself, and having recommended other things highly opportune and never to be forgotten in this connection,

exhorted "all the children
of the Church,
especially clerics,
to reverence the Holy Scripture,
to read it piously
and meditate it constantly";

he reminded them "that in these pages is to be sought that food, by which the spiritual life is nourished unto perfection," and "that the chief use of Scripture pertains to the holy and fruitful exercise of the ministry of preaching"; he likewise once again expressed his warm approval of the work of the society called after St. Jerome himself, by means of which the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles

are being so widely diffused,
"that there is no Christian family
any more without them
and that all are accustomed
to read and meditate them daily." [21]

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So states the Encyclical of that great leader of Christianity, Pope Pius, XII in his DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU, promulgated On September 30, 1943.
And yet many contend that Catholics do not read Sacred Scripture. Even some Catholics of today have been tricked into thinking this is true!!
Obviously, Pius XII and his predecessors thought otherwise and made considerable effort to have Catholics read and love Scripture.
It is important to recall that The Catholic Church compiled the New Testament and guarded the ancient manuscripts zealously for many centuries, right up to the present.
The greatest teachings on Scripture have come from great men and women of The Church, in the past, but also up to this present time. Indeed, members of The Church have never, over two thousand years, ceased to study and to preach Scripture, and to support and guard Scripture from profane hands.
Further, there is no institution other then The Universal Church which has the authority to nominate which Books compile the canon of Sacred Scripture. Nor is there any other institution which has the fullest sacred authority or the divine capability to teach and explain Scripture.
We have to recall that it has been only over the past 150 years or so, that the general population has been able to read. It is only over that same period that the capability to mass produce printed documents, has become available.
Before that period Catholic teachers of all types, taught Scripture by word of mouth to every Catholic around the world. This teaching has never ceased and every Catholic has had the privilege of hearing the Epistles and Gospels read at every Mass they attend and homilies explaining them.
This excellent method of understanding Scripture is still recommended by The Church, as it always will be.
Catholic schools have always been required to bring Scripture before all students. If some schools fail to properly do this in recent decades, that comes out of wilful disobedience - not as a result of Church requirement.
And, if many modern-day Catholics fail to read and contemplate Scripture that is not because of Church guidelines (which require the reverse), but because of the awful influence of modernism which would have Catholics as ignorant as possible and as deceived as their minds are capable of.

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