Why not use the summer holidays a san opportunity to “discover some of the Bible’s less known books, which we may have heard cited during the liturgy but we have never read in full?” This was the invitation Benedict XVI sent out to the faithful during the General Audience in Castel Gandolfo square, defining the reading of the Old and New Testament as “spiritually enriching” and a “nourishment of the spirit."
“Many Christians never read the Bible, the Pope said, and
have a very limited and superficial knowledge of it.” The Pope reminded that the
Bible is “a collection of books, a library created over one millennium,” and
that some books composing it still remain “unknown to most people and good
Christians.” Some of these, such as the book of Tobias, that of Ester and
that of Ruth, are “mini volumes” that can be read in one hour.” Among the books
which Pope Ratzinger cited as being most demanding in terms of reading”, and
which are “real masterpieces”, are: the Book of Job, the Qohelet and the Song of
Songs, “a wonderfully symbolic poem about human love.”
Going on to speak about the New Testament, he invited worshippers to discover “the beauty of reading a Gospel back to back”, as well as the Acts of the Apostles.
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