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The Apostolic Exhortation “Verbum domini”

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Finally, two years after the release of the synodal message “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”, the Holy See has released the post-synodal exhortation “Verbum domini” (the Word of the Lord).

I haven’t read the document yet. When I heard the news of its publication very early this morning, I downloaded the available document which was in PDF (Portable Document Format). It is only now that I found the web document version. It is good that the web document version contains an outline — not present in the PDF — of Verbum Domini. Here it is

Outline of Verbum Domini

  1. Introduction [1]
    1. That our joy may be complete [2]
    2. From “Dei Verbum” to the Synod on the Word of God [3]
    3. The Synod of Bishops on the Word of God [4]
    4. The Prologue of John’s Gospel as a guide [5]
  2. PART ONE: VERBUM DEI
    1. The God Who Speaks
      • God in dialogue [6]
      • The analogy of the word of God [7]
      • The cosmic dimension of the word [8]
      • The creation of man [9]
      • The realism of the word [10]
      • Christology of the word [11-13]
      • The eschatological dimension of the word of God [14]
      • The word of God and the Holy Spirit [15-16]
      • Tradition and Scripture [17-18]
      • Sacred Scripture, inspiration and truth [19]
      • God the Father, source and origin of the word [20-21]
    2. Our Response To The God Who Speaks
      • Called to the covenant with God [22]
      • God hears us and responds to our questions [23]
      • In dialogue with God through his words [24]
      • The word of God and faith [25]
      • Sin as a refusal to hear the word of God [26]
      • Mary, “Mother of God’s Word” and “Mother of Faith” [27-28]
    3. The Interpretation Of Sacred Scripture In The Church
      • The Church as the primary setting for biblical hermeneutics [29-30]
      • “The soul of sacred theology” [31]
      • The development of biblical studies and the Church’s magisterium [32-33]
      • The Council’s biblical hermeneutic: a directive to be appropriated [34]
      • The danger of dualism and a secularized hermeneutic [35]
      • Faith and reason in the approach to Scripture [36]
      • Literal sense and spiritual sense [37]
      • The need to transcend the “letter” [38]
      • The Bible’s intrinsic unity [39]
      • The relationship between the Old and the New Testaments [40-41]
      • The “dark” passages of the Bible [42]
      • Christians, Jews and the sacred Scriptures [43]
      • The fundamentalist interpretation of sacred Scripture [44]
      • Dialogue between pastors, theologians and exegetes [45]
      • The Bible and ecumenism [46]
      • Consequences for the study of theology [47]
      • The saints and the interpretation of Scripture [48-49]
  3. PART TWO VERBUM IN ECCLESIA
    1. The Word Of God And The Church
      • The Church receives the word [50]
      • Christ’s constant presence in the life of the Church [51]
    2. The Liturgy, Privileged Setting For The Word Of God
      • The word of God in the sacred liturgy [52]
      • Sacred Scripture and the sacraments [53]
      • The word of God and the Eucharist [54-55]
      • The sacramentality of the word [56]
      • Sacred Scripture and the Lectionary [57]
      • Proclamation of the word and the ministry of Reader [58]
      • The importance of the homily [59]
      • The fittingness of a Directory on Homiletics [60]
      • The word of God, Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick [61]
      • The word of God and the Liturgy of the Hours [62]
      • The word of God and the Book of Blessings [63]
      • Suggestions and practical proposals for promoting fuller participation in the liturgy [64]
        1. Celebrations of the word of God [65]
        2. The word and silence [66]
        3. The solemn proclamation of the word of God [67]
        4. The word of God in Christian Churches [68]
        5. The exclusive use of biblical texts in the liturgy [69]
        6. Biblically-inspired liturgical song [70]
        7. Particular concern for the visually and hearing impaired [71]
    3. The Word Of God In The Life Of The Church
      • Encountering the word of God in sacred Scripture [72]
      • Letting the Bible inspire pastoral activity [73]
      • The biblical dimension of catechesis [74]
      • The biblical formation of Christians [75]
      • Sacred Scripture in large ecclesial gatherings [76]
      • The word of God and vocations [77]
        1. Ordained ministers and the word of God [78-81]
        2. The word of God and candidates for Holy Orders [82]
        3. The word of God and the consecrated life [83]
        4. The word of God and the lay faithful [84]
        5. The word of God, marriage and the family [85]
      • The prayerful reading of sacred Scripture and “lectio divina” [86-87]
      • The word of God and Marian prayer [88]
      • The word of God and the Holy Land [89]
  4. PART THREE VERBUM MUNDO
    1. The Church’s Mission: To Proclaim The Word Of God To The World
      • The Word from the Father and to the Father [90]
      • Proclaiming to the world the “Logos” of hope [91]
      • The word of God is the source of the Church’s mission [92]
      • The word and the Kingdom of God [93]
      • All the baptized are responsible for this proclamation [94]
      • The necessity of the “missio ad gentes” [95]
      • Proclamation and the new evangelization [96]
      • The word of God and Christian witness [97-98]
    2. The Word Of God And Commitment In The World
      • Serving Jesus in “the least of his brethren” (Mt 25:40) [99]
      • The word of God and commitment to justice in society [100-101]
      • The proclamation of God’s word, reconciliation and peace between peoples [102]
      • The word of God and practical charity [103]
      • The proclamation of the word of God and young people [104]
      • The proclamation of the word of God and migrants [105]
      • The proclamation of the word of God and the suffering [106]
      • The proclamation of the word of God and the poor [107]
      • The proclamation of the word of God and the protection of creation [108]
    3. The Word Of God And Culture
      • The value of culture for the life of humanity [109]
      • The Bible, a great code for cultures [110]
      • Knowledge of the Bible in schools and universities [111]
      • Sacred Scripture in the variety of artistic expressions [112]
      • The word of God and the means of social communication [113]
      • The Bible and inculturation [114]
      • Translating the Bible and making it more widely available [115]
      • God’s word transcends cultural limits [116]
    4. The Word Of God And Interreligious Dialogue
      • The value of interreligious dialogue [117]
      • Dialogue between Christians and Muslims [118]
      • Dialogue with other religions [119]
      • Dialogue and religious freedom [120]
  5. Conclusion
    • God’s definitive word [121]
    • New evangelization and a new hearing [122]
    • The word and joy [123]
    • “Mater Verbi et Mater laetitiae” [124]

Observations

The body of the document is divided into three main parts:

  • Part I: Verbum Dei (The Word of God)
  • Part II: Verbum in Ecclesia (The Word in the Church)
  • Part III: Verbum Mundo (The Word to the World)

The arrangement echoes the synodal message of 2008, which was divided into four parts:

  • The Voice of the Word: Revelation
  • The Face of the Word: Jesus Christ
  • The House of the Word: the Church
  • The Roads of the Word: the Mission

The only difference is that in “Verbum domini” the part about Jesus Christ, “the Face of the Word” is integrated into the first part “Verbum Dei”.

Interesting for me at the moment is the second part, “Verbum in Ecclesia” which explains the Word of God in the Life of the Church. Underlined in this section is the Liturgy as the privileged place for the Word of God. There are a lot of things in this section for pastoral application especially for Eucharistic animation and Christian formation.

For a synopsis of “Verbum domini” consult this news report about the document’s presentation in November 11.

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Originally posted 2010-11-13 17:43:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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