Monday, August 23, 2010
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The Catechism of the Catholic Church (Questions 109-119) tell us how to approach studying scriptures. It is important to understand that there are two senses of Scripture: the literal, and the spiritual.
The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture.
The spiritual sense is the signs revealed by God's plan. This is subdivided into three more senses: allegorical, moral and anagogical.
Allegorical sense is seeing events in the light of their significance to Christ.
Moral sense are events written for instruction.
Anagogical sense are events interpreted in terms of their leading us to heaven.
A medieval couplet summarizes the four senses:
The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith
The Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.