By Mary Sayad

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    Beloved friends,

    Many of you who have read my messages at this website may recall that I have often encouraged you to pray the rosary and to read the Holy Bible. Daily scriptural reading brings us closer to Our Heavenly Father, Jesus and Mary. It also provides us with guidelines towards strengthening our spirituality. Our life on earth may not be perfect, but by conscientiously applying the commandments, we will have the stamina to avoid many pitfalls. We will be better "equipped" to overcome temptations as well as recognize them before we allow them (temptations or sin) to overcome us.

    Knowledge is power and we become spiritually empowered each time we read the scriptures. We may question what we read and we may not fully comprehend everything we read in the Bible, nevertheless, our desire to learn will enhance our daily lives and especially our spirituality. The more we read the Bible, the more we will allow ourselves to grow and become more confident in the Word of God.

    During the season of Lent, I will post comprehensive lessons regarding the Bible. These lessons will assist you in understanding the Old Testament and the New Testament. You will also understand more clearly what Jesus said as applied to the traditions of his time on earth. The Bible helps us to deal with our daily concerns and struggles with ease.

    The Bible is about God and His interactions with his people. Our Heavenly Father loves us very much, more than we could ever imagine, and the Bible is the means by which He converses with us. He spoke through the prophets in the Old Testament and continues to speak with us when we read these sacred writings.

    Sometimes there will be specific readings that will literally jump out at you and fill you with awe. You should make an effort to consistently reiterate those passages throughout the course of the day because this is God speaking to you personally and filling you with inspiration and hope. Yes, this is a direct, wireless line between you and God. There won't be a bill at the end of the month, I promise.

    Sometimes certain scripture will leave you with many questions. This is a challenging opportunity to remain steadfast in your determination in learning the Word of God. Think of it as an adventure in the learning process.

    At this point, it is important to note that although the Bible was written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, translators worked very diligently in preserving the substance of the Bible.

    Human frailty leaves us incapable of accomplishing extraordinary acts of generosity and love, however, we may all be children of light and compassion when we rededicate our hearts to Jesus' and Mary's hearts through the Holy Scriptures.

    In addition, perhaps a comforting thought regarding your Bible lessons, I won't give you a written test! However, I can't say what type of test HE may give.

    Looking forward to Lent with new vigor and hope for the entire world, I remain,

    Your companion in prayer,
    Mary

    To be continued......