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The Proverbs Explained
Acquiring wisdom is both a human task and a divine gift. Wisdom aims at the formation of character, and there is no better guide than the Book of Proverbs. The Proverbs teach us how to be wise and self-controlled, and how to do what is honest, right and fair.
In these pages, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, host of EWTN Live, will help you make the most of the treasure-trove of practical advice found in the Book of Proverbs. He explains in a succinct and readable way how God’s blessing is related to our behavior, how you can be like God, and how to live in accord with His law.
Because each Proverb is true in a certain sense and applicable in a certain way, Fr. Pacwa helps you relate each Proverb to your particular state in life as well as to your own spiritual journey.
The message of Proverbs is simple, yet difficult to live out. Read these pages, and you’ll come to understand the practical side of righteousness, and you’ll begin to grow in wisdom through patience, prayer, and God’s grace.
How to Read the Bible
Of all books, the one we need to know best is
the Bible, which contains the revelation of Christ.
God has spoken to us, and the Bible contains His message. God has redeemed us, and the Bible shows us our Redeemer. It tells us what God wants us to know, about Himself, and about ourselves.
But the Bible does not interpret itself, and the Catholic Church has always rightly protected the faithful from erroneous interpretations. The Bible is such a diverse collection of texts, of so many types and ages, that in order to unlock its treasures we need the wisest of guides.
Abbé Poelman is such a guide, writing entirely under the guidance of the Church's authority and that of the Holy Spirit who makes the Church live. He begins not with Genesis but with the Gospels, the "loftiest, most sacred, and most mysterious part of the whole Bible," wherein Christ is revealed, the inmost life of God and the source of our promised joy. Christ is the key to the whole of Scripture, the summit of the mountain to which all roads lead, and all the books of the Bible make most sense when read with him in mind.
Only then, having introduced us to Christ through the Gospels of Luke and John, does Abbé Poelman turn to Genesis and to the creation of the world, to the Patriarchs and the story of the Covenant. This is the story of how God formed a universe and a people in which Christ might be born.
Each chapter is short and to the point, and passages of Scripture are selected for prayerful reading, so that by the time we arrive back at the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, we understand Christ to be truly the center and goal of human history. Brief summaries of the Acts, Letters of the Apostles, and Book of Revelation complete this wonderful little book, leaving us full of love for the God of our salvation.
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