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Pope Leo 13 , on the 13th day of December 1898 , granted the following indulgences : `` An indulgence of three hundred days is granted to all the Faithful who read the Holy Gospels at least a quarter of an hour . A Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions is granted once a month for the daily reading '' . Pope Pius the Sixth , at Rome , in April , 1778 , wrote the following : `` The faithful should be excited to the reading of the Holy Scriptures : For these are the most abundant sources which ought to be left open to everyone , to draw from them purity of morals and of doctrine , to eradicate errors which are so widely disseminated in these corrupt times '' . The American Bishops assembled at the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore urged the Catholic people to read the Holy Bible . `` We hope '' , they said , `` that no family can be found amongst us without a correct version of the Holy Scriptures '' . They recommended , also , that `` at a fixed hour , let the entire family be assembled for night prayers , followed by a short reading of the Holy Scriptures '' .

Since the Catholic Church expresses such desire that the Sacred Scriptures be read , the following taken from the Holy Bible ( New Catholic Edition ) will prove a means of grace and a source of great spiritual blessing .

The need of the new birth Do not wonder that I said to thee , `` You must be born again '' . St. John 3 : 7 . The new birth is necessary because god is holy .

But as the One who called you is holy , be you also holy in all your behavior ; ; for it is written , You shall be holy , because I am holy . 1 , St. Peter 15 , 16 .

Holiness without which no man will see God . Hebrews 14 . The new birth is necessary because all have sinned .

As it is written , There is not one just man ; ; there is none who understands ; ; there is none who seeks after God . All have gone astray together ; ; All have sinned and have need of the glory of God . Romans 3 : 10-12 , 23 . The new birth is necessary because the natural man is spiritually dead and blind .

Therefore as through one man sin entered into the world and through sin death , and thus death has passed unto all men because all have sinned . Romans 12 .

You also , when you were dead by reason of your offenses and sins . Ephesians 2 : 1 .

And if our gospel also is veiled , it is veiled only to those who are perishing . In their case , the god of this world ( Satan ) has blinded their unbelieving minds , that they should not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ , who is the image of God . 2 , Corinthians 4 : 3 , 4 .

For his workmanship we are , created in Christ Jesus . Ephesians 10 . The new birth is effected through the word of God . For you have been reborn , not from corruptible seed but from incorruptible , through the word of God . 1 St. Peter 23 .

Of his own will he has begotten us by the word of truth . St. James 18 .

Amen , amen , I say to thee , unless a man be born again of water ( symbol of the Word of God , see Ephesians 26 ) and the Spirit , he cannot enter into the kingdom of God . That which is born of the flesh is flesh ; ; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit . St. John 3 : 5 , 6 .

Evidences of the new birth if we are born of god we have faith in Christ as the only saviour .

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God . 1 St. John 5 : 1 .

As many as received him were born of God . St. John 12 , 13 . If we are born of God we do not practice sin as a habit .

Whoever is born of God does not commit sin ( That is , he does not practice sin . Cf. 1 St. John 2 : 1 ) . 1 St. John 3 : 9 .

We know that no one who is born of God commits sin . 1 St. John 18 . ( The new nature , received at the time of regeneration , is divine and holy , and as the believer lives under the power of this new nature he does not practice sin . ) if we are born of god we practice righteousness .

If you know that he ( God ) is just ( righteous ) , know that everyone also who does what is just ( righteous ) has been born of him . 1 St. John 29 . If we are born of God we love God .

Everyone who loves is born of God , and knows God . 1 St. John 4 : 7 . If we are born of God we love the brethren .

We know that we have passed from death to life , because we love the brethren . He who does not love abides in death . 1 St. John 14 . If we are born of God we overcome the world .

All that is born of God overcomes the world ; ; and this is the victory that overcomes the world , our faith . 1 St. John 5 : 4 . If we are born of God we grow in ( not into , but in ) grace .

But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior , Jesus Christ . 2 St. Peter 18 . If we are born of God we persevere unto the end .

I am convinced of this , that he who has begun a good work in you will bring it to perfection until the day of Christ Jesus . Philippians 1 : 6 .

Now to him who is able to preserve you without sin and to set you before the presence of his glory , without blemish , in gladness , to the only God our Savior , through Jesus Christ our Lord , belong glory and majesty , dominion and authority , before all time , and now , and forever . St. Jude 24 . The new birth is necessary because the spiritual kingdom requires a spiritual nature .

Jesus answered and said to him ( Nicodemus ) `` Amen , amen , I say to thee , unless a man be born again , he cannot see the kingdom of God '' . `` Amen , amen , I say to thee , unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit , he cannot enter into the kingdom of God . That which is born of the flesh is flesh ; ; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit . Do not wonder that I said to thee , ' You must be born again ' '' . St. John 3 : 3 , 5-7 .

The nature of the new birth the new birth is a new creation .

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision but a new creation is of any account . Galatians 15 .

If then any man is in Christ , he is a new creature ( literally , `` He is a new creation ) , the former things have passed away ; ; behold , they are made new ! ! 2 Corinthians 17 .

For by grace you have been saved through faith ; ; and that not from yourselves , for it is the gift of God ; ; not as the outcome of works , lest anyone may boast . For his workmanship we are , created in Christ Jesus . Ephesians 2 : 8-10 . The new birth is the implantation of a new life .

I came that they may have life . St. John 10 .

He who has the Son has the life . He who has not the Son has not the life . 1 St. John 12 .

He who believes in the Son ( Jesus Christ , the Son of God ) , has everlasting life . St. John 36 . The new birth is the impartation of the divine nature .

Through which he has granted us the very great and precious promises , so that through them you may become partaker of the divine nature . 2 St. Peter 1 : 4 . The new birth is Christ living in you by faith .

Christ in you , your hope of glory . Colossians 27 .

It is now no longer I that live , but Christ lives in me . And the life that I now live in the flesh , I live in the faith of the Son of God , who loved me and gave himself up for me . Galatians 20 .

To have Christ dwelling through faith in your hearts . Ephesians 17 . The new birth is miraculous and mysterious .

The wind blows where it will , and thou hearest its sound but dost not know where it comes from or where it goes . So is everyone who is born of the Spirit . St. John 3 : 8 . The new birth is immediate and instantaneous .

Amen , amen , I say to you , he who hears my word , and believes him who sent me , has life everlasting , and does not come to judgment , but has passed from death to life . St. John 24 .

The means of the new birth the new birth is a work of god .

But to as many as received him he gave the power of becoming sons of God ; ; to those who believe in his name : Who were born not of blood , nor of the will of the flesh , nor of the will of man , but of God . St. John 12 , 13 .

A final word You may be very religious , a good church member , an upright , honest and sincere person ; ; you may be baptized , confirmed , reverent and worshipful ; ; you may attend mass , do penance , say prayers and zealously keep all the sacraments and ceremonies of the church ; ; you may have the final and extreme unction but if you are not born again you are lost and headed for hell and eternal punishment . You cannot be saved ; ; you cannot go to heaven unless you are born again . Our blessed Lord Jesus Christ , the sinless Son of God , who could not lie , said , `` Amen , amen , I say to thee , unless a man be born again , he cannot see the kingdom of God '' ( St. John 3 : 3 ) . `` You must be born again '' ( St. John 3 : 7 ) .

Being convinced that salvation is alone by accepting Christ as Saviour , and being convicted by the Holy Spirit of my lost condition , I do repent of all effort to be saved by any form of good works , and just now receive Jesus as my personal Saviour and salvation as a free gift from Him .

You may do as you please with God now . It is permitted . God placed Himself in men's hands when He sent Jesus Christ into the world as perfect God and perfect Man in one Being . He was then in man's hands . They cursed Him . It was permitted . Men spit on Him . God allowed it . They called Him a devil . God withheld His wrath . Finally men arrested Him , gave Him a mock trial , flogged Him , nailed Him on a cross and hung Him between earth and heaven ; ; and God allowed it .

You can do likewise though Christ is not bodily present . You can ignore Him . You can ignore His Book , the Bible , and His church . You can laugh at His blood-bought salvation , curse His followers , and laugh at hell . It is permitted . The eternal Christ may knock at your soul's door , calling you to give up sin and prepare for heaven . You may refuse Him , spit on Him , call Him a devil , curse Him . It is permitted . You may take His name upon your lips in oaths and curses if you so choose . He is in your hands -- now .

On the other hand , you may seek His favor , humble yourself before Him and beg His mercy , implore His forgiveness , forsake your sins , and abandon your whole life to Him . He has said , `` Behold , I stand at the door , and knock : if any man hear my voice , and open the door , I will come in to him , and will sup with him , and he with me '' ( Revelation 3:20 : : 20 ) . The choice is up to you . The latch is on your side of the door . The choice is yours : the revellings and banquetings of this world or quiet communion with God ; ; the ever burning lusts of the flesh or the powerful victory of Holy Spirit discipline . The choice is yours : God is in your hands , now .

God has already set the day when you will be in His hands . What He does with you then depends on what you do with Him now . Then it will be a `` fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God '' if you have abused Him in your hands .