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Week of September 29, 2008
Bishop Bouchard goes to world synod
St. Paul prelate is 1 of 4 Canadian delegates to 3-week chat on the Bible
By LASHA MORNINGSTAR
I could read (the Bible) as a book or I could read it as a life-giving, spirit-filled word that gives me life.”
Direction from the pope can be found in the foreword of his 2007 book, Jesus of Nazareth, Benedict said the books of Scripture involve three interacting subjects: the individual author, the Church and God.
“The people of God — the Church — is the living subject of Scripture; it is in the Church that the words of the Bible are always in the present.”
The study of the Bible comes naturally to Bouchard. His passion for the Scriptures is profound.
“It isn’t just the word –- it is the spirit of the word. I could read it as a book or I could read it as a life-giving, spirit-filled word that gives me life.”
The challenge for the Bible reader, says Bouchard, is to “put it into practice. It is God speaking to us and we must live is out by loving God and neighbour. We are human beings called to love put into practice. It is a loving message of God to us, God speaking to us.”
Bouchard first learned his Bible at his mother Lucienne’s knee and she “lovingly made us repeat our catechism.”
Catholic schooling reinforced and expanded his knowledge of the sacred book.
He also studied the Bible at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome and the Ecole Biblique de Jerusalem. Before becoming a bishop in 2001, Bouchard served as rector of St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton.
Asked about the importance for the individual to read the Bible, he is emphatic.
“It is especially important in these times, so important. But it must be done with a prayerful attitude. These writings were done many, many years ago and need time to study, absorb.”
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