National Bible Sunday 2013, on-air
By Sr. Lou Ranara, FSP
“Proclaim the Word, Profess the Faith” is the theme of this year’s celebration of the National Bible Week and National Bible Sunday, which also coincided with the Vocation Week Celebration at the Ateneo de Naga University last January 21-25, 2013. On the other hand, the National Bible Week was celebrated last January 21-27. Because of these two important events, the Catholic Bible School on the Air, a weekly radio program over 98.3 DWRV-FM every Sunday, from 3:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon, celebrated both occasions last Sunday, January 27, 2013. Vocation promoters from five different religious congregations in the Archdiocese of Caceres were invited to talk about their respective congregations and discuss how they proclaim the Word of God and bear witness to the Faith in their own area of apostolate or mission.
The contemplative sisters of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, who do not go out of their convent premises, proclaim the Word by bearing witness to Christ to one another and by praying for the people of God. The Missionaries of the Poor proclaim the Word by their loving service to the poor and the least privileged members of our society. Another very challenging apostolate was discussed by the Sister of the Little Mission for the Deaf, wherein they have to communicate the Word to people who could not hear nor speak. They do it by sign language or lip reading. The Daughters of Mary, Mother of the Church, on the other hand, proclaim the Word through their various apostolates such as catechesis, schools, retreat houses, care for elderly priests, and assistance in various parish offices and diocesan centers.
The Daughters of St. Paul proclaim the Word through the modern means of communication such as the radio, television, print media, and internet via their website www.paulines.ph. Despite the diverse forms of proclaiming the Word, everybody agreed that being a witness of life is the best expression of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. Proclamation of the Word should not only be through the mouth but by incarnating Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, into the life of every believer.