.- Addressing the assembly of Catholic bishops from around the world at the Synod on the Bible, Mr. Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, called for a compendium to the Mass readings to be created to help improve Sunday preaching.
On Tuesday, Anderson began by noting that, for a number of years the Knights of Columbus has promoted praying with and meditating on the Scriptures, which is also known as Lectio Divina. This praying with the Scriptures has taken place within the context of âMarian devotion through the Rosary and Marian Hours of Prayer.â
He noted that this âcommunal proclamation and meditation on the Word of God within the setting of traditional Catholic devotions - especially recitation of the Rosaryâ is considered an effective way to respond to the âadvances of the sects especially in Latin Americaâ by the Knights. This type of reflection enables Catholics to âmore fully grow in the knowledge of Mary as "every believer's model for receiving the Word" and to âlike her, respond in a way that is âdynamic, dialogical and contemplativeâ."
The Supreme Knight also proposed to the bishops that a compendium to the Lectionary be developed to help provide âgreater formation and catechesis for the laity.â Anderson suggested that the compendium could coordinate sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the Sunday readings, thereby providing a âgreater richness in Sunday preaching and a greater connection between the fundamental truths of the Catholic faith and Holy Scripture.â
Catholic universities were also touched on by the leader of the Knights.
âTo enhance greater formation of the laity in âhigher studiesâ of the Word of God so that âthe newness and the power of the Gospel shine out every day in their family and social life,â Anderson called on Catholic universities to enhance their core philosophy and theology requirements.
Specifically, he suggested a course that looks at the entire New Testament âwith the intention of promoting a realistic and loving knowledge of the faith by encouraging, in the words of Dei Verbum, âa pious reading of the Bibleâ."