OPENING THE TREASURES by Rev. Charles E. Miller, C.M.
|The Second Vatican Council declared that "the treasures of the
Bible are to be opened up more lavishly so that richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the
table of God's Word. In this way a more representative portion of the Holy Scriptures will be read
to the people over a set cycle of years." This book, Opening the Treasures, is meant to be
a help to those preachers who are devoted to procaliming the Word of God to the faithful who participate
in weekday Masses. It can also assist all those who want to meditate and reflect on the significance
of the Scriptures as found in the daily lectionary. It is not meant to be a scholarly study of the text
but a pastoral and devotional application of God's Word to the present day. Its simplicity and clarity
recommend it to all.
Charles E. Miller, C.M., a Vincentian priest who holds the Wilfred L.
and Mary Jane Von Der Ahe Chair of Homiletics and Liturgy at St. John's Seminary in the Archdiocese
of Los Angeles, served as rector of the Seminary for three terms from 1978 to 1987. In 1988 Cardinal
Roger Mahony conferred on him the Laudatus award "for excellence in the promotion of the
liturgical life of the parishes and people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles." Among his many books
(all published by Alba House) are: Opening the Treasures (see Priests, Religious &
Homiletics Features page);
Together in Prayer: Learning to Love the Liturgy of the Hours; Ordained
to Preach; As Rain That Falls: Homiletic Reflections for the Weekdays of Advent and
Lent; and  Mother and Disciple.
"Fr. Miller... offers these meditations on the daily Scripture readings of the lectionary 'to
priests as a help in preparing daily homilies and as a source of reflection for others who wish to
meditate on the Scripture readings as found in the lectionary."
"A good parish resource and one that will help in priestly ministry and spirituality." --
"... each pages breathes freshness and optimism." --The Bible Today