VATICAN CITY — Christians should care about reading God's messages in the Bible as much as they care about checking messages on their cellphones, Pope Francis said.
As Christ did in the desert when tempted by Satan, men and women can defend themselves from temptation with the word of God if they "read it often, meditate on it and assimilate it" into their lives, the pope said before praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square March 5.
As the school year begins for many (welcome back, everyone!) the readings for this week give a brief synopsis of the time of the Judges, the lessons Israel learned from this period in its history and a lesson about what to expect for our faithfulness to God.
There is a clear pattern in the book of Judges:
1) Israel sins -- the people forget the mighty deeds of God and cease to be faithful to their covenant with Him.
2) As a consequence of their sins, the Israelites are conquered by their enemies.
Q. What is the difference between Catholic and Protestant Bibles?A. Perhaps not as much as you might think. But, yes, there are differences, and that's why some Bibles are stamped "Catholic Edition," or "With Apocrypha," or another designation to distinguish them from the "Protestant Edition" (Catholic Bibles also bear the Nihil Obstat).
VATICAN CITY -- When temptation comes your way, don't try to "dialogue" or argue with the devil, Pope Francis said, but seek refuge and strength in the words of the Bible.
Addressing tens of thousands of people gathered for the Angelus in St. Peter's Square March 9, Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel of Matthew's account of Jesus' temptation in the desert.
"The tempter tried to divert Jesus from the Father's plan, which was the path of sacrifice and love, of offering Himself in expiation, and instead convince Him to take the easy way of success and power," the pope said.