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Book Review of Meditations Reverb Culture 01

Book Review: 

Meditations. Reverb Culture: Meditations on Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Volume One: The Profession of Faith

By Edmund Mitchell

Reverb Culture Press


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This is a lovely little book for praying with and through Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  The quote in the front of the book from Abraham Villela speaks volumes: Scripture is lie words from my Father, and the Catechism is like words from my Mother.”

This book has taken passages from scripture and corresponding sections and paragraphs of the Catechism and juxtaposed them for your reflection on the profession of faith, one small bite at a time. For example, under Jesus Christ – The Son of God, we are given the passage of Mathew 3:13-17 (the baptism of the Lord)  juxtaposed with CCC422 (God sent for this Son, born of a woman, born under the law … ) and CCC444 (speaking about the baptism and transfiguration …) and then the book simply leaves room for you to journal your own prayer, reflection, meditation on who this Jesus is.

If you like praying Lectio Divina, pondering the words of scripture as a means of prayer, you will love this little book for your private prayer.  It also gives another dimension of using the Catechism to assist in interpreting scripture or giving another lens through which to pray the creed.

I could see how this book could be used for group prayer and faith sharing. Reading the passages out loud in a small group and allowing the Holy Spirit to move for members of a prayer group to share their reflections and meditations could be a powerful way to help people to pray and share their faith or their journey.

At the end of the book of 30 chapters focused on elements the profession of faith, is a listing of the Gospel readings for each Sunday of the Year (A B and C) juxtaposed with the corresponding paragraphs form the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  These can be used throughout the years to prepare for Mass and to come to understand our faith in a deeper, more personal way.

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