‘A Christian's first task is to listen to the Word of God, to listen to Jesus, because he speaks to us and saves us with his Word’.
Our journey with 'The God Who Speaks' invites us to deepen our encounter with Jesus through His Word. At Mass, various liturgies and even in our simplest of prayers we touch on the riches of the Bible. Yet, for many Catholics the Holy Scripture feels inaccessible, or 'not our thing'. Pope Francis tells us that ‘The Sacred Scriptures are the very source of Evangelisation’ and if we are to evangelise, that is, bring others to an encounter with Jesus Christ, ‘A Christian's first task is to listen to the Word of God, to listen to Jesus, because he speaks to us and saves us with his word’.
He suggests that we should always carry a small Bible or pocket edition of the Gospels, whether in a book or on our smartphone, so that we can explore God’s word whenever and wherever we have few minutes to spare. Pope Francis has also declared that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (in January each year) is designated as ‘Sunday of the Word of God’.
Whether it is through the books of Wisdom and the Prophets of the Old Testament, or through the Gospels and Letters of the New Testament, by engaging more fully with the Word of God, we come closer to Jesus Christ. We can walk with Jesus across the hills of Galilee or along the dusty roads to Jerusalem by reading the testimony of those who were there. In doing so, we open our hearts and lives to the living Word of the God Who Speaks into our lives.
‘We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.’
1 John 1: 1
In an increasingly demanding and confusing world, let the Bible be our guide. Pope Benedict, in his exhortation, Verbum Domini, speaking to young people particularly, says that sacred Scripture can be a ‘compass pointing out the path to follow’. Sometimes we need companions on the journey. Below is a list of resources and organizations which help us to explore the Bible and come closer to Christ through His Word.
The Bible and Catholics: God Who Speaks
Reaching those who are curious, seeking God or looking for purpose in their lives
'Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty... Listen, listen to me and you will have good things to eat... '
Isaiah 55:1a, 2a.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith and each talk looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation. Many parishes struggle to find a low-entry barrier invitation for newcomers. Alpha is a great solution to this problem as it provides a welcoming, non-judgmental space for people of all backgrounds to discuss and experience faith. We are ready to equip your parish to start running Alpha, and it’s easier than you might think!
Landings is a series of relaxed, informal, lay-led meetings, based on faith-sharing within a small group, that offer a safe and supported “landing place” for Catholics who have been away from the Church and are thinking about coming back.
Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism is a Spirit-led community, called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and equip others for the task of evangelisation. Guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, they seek to be a prophetic sign of hope through their work, words and witness of life.
Helping Children Explore the Bible
'Let the little children alone, and do not stop them from coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.'
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Christian catechesis program for children aged 3-12 years which enables them to experience and form an authentic relationship with God through a quiet prepared environment called the atrium filled with hands-on materials. The Catechesis is rooted in Scripture and the Liturgy of the Church and is inspired by Maria Montessori’s principles of education.
RISE Theatre is a professional Christian theatre company with a passion for delivering exciting, original, transformative theatre. We work at schools, churches, events and festivals across the UK with the aim of inspiring people of all ages to realise their full potential in life.
Helping people to delve into the Word of God
'Now your word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path.'
So many faithful Catholics or people wanting to know if God has something to say to them could get so much from reading and delving into the Bible as a guide to life. These organisations equip Catholics with helpful frameworks to unlock the treasure and reveal the guiding light held within the Word of God.
CaFE short for Catholic Faith Exploration is known on the web as faithcafe.org and actually serves both Catholic and Anglican parishes as well as other denominations. We produce Christian film and book resources to help bring faith alive and have been doing so since 1996 to over 30,000 customers around the world. Whatever the topic of the course, you can be assured of a gospel teaching. Our main resource for the Scripture Festival is our Bible Course, The Big Picture which God has been using powerfully in parishes, secondary schools and prisons.
Come & See Catholic Evangelisation Ministries focuses on serving parishes in Teaching, Formation & New Evangelisation. Our flagship course is The Bible Timeline Course, which Mauro Iannicelli delivers once or twice a year, via live-streaming on YouTube, completely free of charge.
Helping people to pray with the Word of God
'Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear.
For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away.'
Isaiah 50:4b, 5a
Prayer and Life Team offer workshops are a service to the Church. But this service has a very precise goal : to teach people to pray in an orderly and progressive manner, in the sense that participants progress from the simplest experience of beginners to the heights of contemplation. The workshops do this through a course of fifteen two-hour weekly sessions. Rather than theoretical they are concrete and practical. The participants learn by working and work by learning.
An International Community dedicated to praying and sharing God's Word: they are people from all walks of life, consecrated women and men, families, individuals, united by the belief that a personal and loving relationship with God, responds to our deepest human needs and gives answers for the challenges of our world.
The Weave of Manquehue Prayer is a network of friends that seek to help one another to pray, to cultivate spiritual friendship and to share with many the Good News of the Risen Christ.
The Word of God for Married Couples
'When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine"... His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."'
Teams is for ordinary couples who are interested in enriching their marriage and nourishing their faith, hoping to deepen their relationship with God as individuals and as couples through the support of the small Teams community.
A series of lectures given by Fr Javier Ruiz-Ortiz PhD and Sr Monica Cardona STL as part of the celebrations for 'The God Who Speaks' Year of the Word 2020.