Four Weeks Intensive Course on Bible


As the sun set in a lush-green corner of Bengaluru on 26th August, 38 participants from different parts of the country arrived in NBCLC. Among them were 20 Junior Sisters preparing for their Final Commitment, two Brothers are preparing for ordination, three lay people who seek to deepen their Biblical formation and 13 Sisters of different Congregations, ages and experiences. The warm welcome by the Director, Fr. Sahaya John and his devoted Staff, made the group quickly feel at home. The prayer service the next morning, inaugurated the four week intensive Course on Bible WWW. “Walking With the Word”

The following days always began with a time of prayer and the Eucharist. It was a time to experience the variety of hymns and bajans from all over the country. From 9 am to 4.30 pm in turn, different Biblical scholars from near and far gave of their expertise to the avid participants. There were five sessions each day. Naturally, it was a sit down for those not used to sitting long hours, but lively music helped them to relax in between the sessions! The welcome break in the evening permitted visiting, meetings or just stretching out legs. The evening prayer brought us together either around the Blessed Sacrament or to pray in groups in different places within the campus.

The weekly recreation was a time to get to know each other better and to allow for fun and laughter. Meals were very well prepared by a cheerful set of working staff who could not have done better. We appreciated the variety and there was something for all pallets.

The course has given us a taste for the Word of God. Naturally, one cannot get to the depths in a short time. But having received the background, we feel we have a good tool in hand to use for the rest of our days and to do some study on our own. We pray that this meaningful course continue to be available to many who do not have time or possibilities for long drawn courses, but can manage to escape for a month. If it has served to help us experience God, and hear Him speak to us in the cave of our hearts, then this journey is worth.!

Each book of the Bible was treated rapidly. The Introduction gave us an idea of the author, the place, context and the time of writing. We were given a gist of the Book and we dealt with important passages, in as much as time permitted.

At the end of the course we have familiarized ourselves with the texts. Naturally, one cannot get to the depths in a short time. But having received the background, we feel we have a good tool in hand to use for the rest of our days and to do some study on our own. Yet, much more than that, we have deepened our love for the Person of God and His word. Our faith has deepened and also the desire to make His word known.

On certain days we were introduced to different methods of prayer. The weekly recreation was a time to get to know each other better and to allow for fun and laughter. Meals were very well prepared by a cheerful set of supporting staff who did the best. We appreciated the variety and there was something for all pallets.

At the end of the bible course, the participants suggested that this wonderful course must be available for all who thirst for the Word of God. The scholars always helped the participants with methodology, spiritual reflections, theological insights and historical back ground. The participants were helped to go deeper into the Word of God, and discover his presence and guidance. The course has helped them to experience God, listen to him again and again, so that the journey is divine experience and people crave for such experience.



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