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150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Meeting new friends

    Patrick Madrid, a widely popular author, publisher and speaker, introduces us to 150 verses "perhaps as new friends whom you are meeting face-to-face for the first time." Familiarity with the passages can help us grow spiritually, make wise decisions, resist temptation, counsel others, and discuss our faith. Madrid suggests that concentrating on these passages prayerfully and frequently will deepen our knowledge of and love for Christ. Another benefit, he writes, is that we will find ourselves better able to "overcome objections and difficulties some people have with the Catholic Faith." <BR/><BR/>The book is divided into 12 chapters formatted with scripture passages and comments on a single topic, such as divine revelation, evangelization, and the sacraments. Verses in the sacraments chapter bring to light some frequently asked questions. For example, Acts 2:37-39 lays the foundation for baptism of children as well as adults. "There are no age restrictions," writes Madrid. His comments on Acts 16: 30-34 point out that even in Paul's time, pouring water was an acceptable alternative to immersion when performing baptisms.<BR/><BR/>The reflection on the Eucharist begins with the passage from John in which Jesus proclaims that He is the bread of life. For 2000 years, the Church has faithfully proclaimed the literal meaning of Christ's words, writes Madrid. The Eucharist is the body and blood, soul and divinity of Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. <BR/><BR/>The next section addresses the question of refusing Communion to non-Catholics and Catholics known to be in the state of mortal sin. Madrid sites Paul's warning in 1 Corinthians 11:27: Whoever "eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord." Paul's statement makes sense only in connection with the Catholic doctrine of the real presence. It would make no sense if Jesus were present only symbolically, as other Christian denominations teach. The Church, then, instructs non-Catholics not to receive Communion at Mass lest they "become guiltily of 'profaning' the sacrament¿" The same instruction applies to Catholics in the state of mortal sin. For the Church, Madrid writes, "this is not in the least a mean-spirited or divisive request but an immensely loving one."

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