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[1] "Also to you the Church entrusts the service of the Word and catechesis, the education in the faith, the cultural and human promotion, asks from you adequate preparation and therefore always more intense..."[2]

[3] Sacred Scripture must be the "soul of our soul," of our spirituality, Theology, preaching, catechesis and of our pastoral work.  What Saint Jerome said about an acquaintance should also be said of us, "Indeed by constant reading and long-continued meditation he had made his breast a library of Christ,"[4] since for us "the Word of God doesn't represent anything less than the Body of Christ."[5]


[1] Cf. Constitutions, 223

[2] John Paull II, Allocution to the Religious in St. Joseph Cathedral, Costa Rica (3/3/1983), Apostolic Trip to Central America, Ed. BAC, Madrid, 1983, p.32.

[3] Directory of Spirituality, 239

[4] Saint Jerome, Letter to Heliodorus, 60, 10.

[5] Saint Augustine, Sermo Suppositus, 300.