The Holy Father today released his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord) – a reflection on the Twelfth. The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, on the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church, was presented on 11 November in the. Summary of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini by the Commission for Doctrine, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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Among many practical suggestions the Holy Father calls on parishes to devote time and effort to celebrations of the word especially during the great liturgical seasons, that all Catholic families should own a Bible and keep it in a worthy place in the house, and that priests ensure their homilies "bring the scriptural message to life in a way that helps verbum domini faithful to realise that God's word is present and at work in their everyday lives.

The word of God also inevitably reveals the tragic possibility that human freedom can withdraw from this covenant dialogue with God for which we were created. The divine word also discloses the sin that lurks in the human heart. Quite frequently in both the Old and in the New Testament, we find sin described as a verbum domini to hear the word, as a breaking of the covenant and thus verbum domini being closed to God who calls us to communion with himself.

What is the Meaning of Verbum Domini?

The radical obedience of Verbum domini even to his death on the cross cf. His obedience brings about the New Covenant between God and man, and grants us the possibility of reconciliation.

Jesus was sent verbum domini the Father as a sacrifice of atonement for our sins and for those of the whole world cf. We are thus offered the merciful possibility of redemption and the start of a new life in Christ. For this reason it is important that the faithful be taught to acknowledge that the root of sin lies in the refusal to hear the word of the Lord, and to accept in Jesus, the Word of God, the forgiveness which opens verbum domini to salvation.

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From the Annunciation to Pentecost she appears as a woman completely open to the will of God. I would encourage scholars as well to study the relationship between Mariology and the theology of the word. This could prove most beneficial both verbum domini the spiritual life and for theological and biblical studies.

Indeed, what the understanding of the faith has enabled us to know about Mary stands at the heart of Christian truth.


The incarnation of verbum domini word cannot be conceived apart from the freedom of this young woman who verbum domini her assent decisively cooperated with the entrance of the eternal into time. Mary is the image of the Church in attentive hearing of the word of God, which took flesh in her.

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Mary also symbolizes openness to God and others; an active listening which interiorizes and assimilates, one in which the word becomes a way of life.

This is clearly evident in the Magnificat. There we see in some sense how she identifies with the word, enters into it; in this marvellous canticle of faith, the Virgin sings the praises of the Lord in his own words: Here we see how completely at home Mary is with the word of God, with ease she moves in and out of it.

She speaks and thinks verbum domini the word of God; the word of God becomes her word, and her word issues from verbum domini word of God.

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Here we see how her thoughts are attuned to the thoughts of God, how her will is one verbum domini the will of God. Our apostolic and pastoral work can never be effective unless we learn from Mary how to be shaped by the working of God within us: Every Christian believer, Saint Ambrose reminds us, in some way interiorly conceives and gives birth to the word verbum domini God: In The Church The Church as the primary setting for biblical hermeneutics Another major theme that emerged during the Synod, to which I would now like to draw attention, is the interpretation of sacred Scripture in the Church.

Saint Bonaventure states that without faith there is no key to throw open the sacred text: This is not to uphold the ecclesial context as an extrinsic rule to which exegetes must submit, but rather is something demanded by the very nature of the Scriptures and the way they gradually came into being.

Their insertion into this context also involved a sharing in both the liturgical and external life of the communities, in their intellectual world, in their culture and in the ups and downs of their shared history. This is a constant datum implicit in the Bible itself: Moreover, it is the faith of the Church that recognizes in the Bible the word of God; as Saint Augustine memorably put it: Saint Jerome recalls that we can never read Scripture simply on our own.

We come up against too many closed doors and we slip too easily into error.