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Grown Man Still Quietly Hums ‘Books Of The Bible’ Song To Find Anything In Old Testament



Pick up the Book!

November 10, 2015

In this year when we’re focusing so much on reading the Bible, I’ve just been made aware of something a little unexpected.  I had a catechist tell me about a child in her classroom whose family reads Scripture almost daily, but the child had absolutely no idea how to find anything in the Bible.  After a few questions she was able to get to the bottom of this mystery; his family always either reads the daily readings from the Magnificat or from a phone app.

I appreciate the convenience of both of those sources, but let’s also remember the value of being able to look up a verse!

Bible doveRelated (at least in my own experience), is that we tend to read differently from a book than from one of these other daily reading sources.  I read the daily Mass readings on my iPad through the USCCB’s site.  It’s easy, free, convenient, weighs less and I almost always have it with me; all very helpful things.  When I read from my Bible though, I’m not limited by having only today’s verses available.  I can keep reading, if I want.  I can backtrack to what came just before today’s Gospel to see how it relates.  I may see a verse that I underlined years ago and am brought back to the lessons of that day.  I get to read verses that may not be part of the 3-year cycle at all, and best of all God may use my tendency toward distraction to turn three minutes with the daily readings into quite a bit more as I start flipping around to other pages.

Any time with Scripture in any form is good, but if you’re only focusing on today’s readings, you may want to spend a little serendipitous time seeing what the Holy Spirit has for you in some other parts of the Bible.

A “highly dangerous book”

October 29, 2015

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The Holy Father had lots to say about the Bible in an interview last week

“The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in your hands, to read often – every day, both on your own and together with others,” he wrote in the prologue to a Bible for youth in Germany.  He encouraged young people to read the Bible together the way they play sports or go shopping together.

“Why not read the Bible together as well – two, three, or four of you? In nature, in the woods, on the beach, at night in the glow of a few candles … you will have a great experience!”

“Read with attention! Do not stay on the surface as if reading a comic book! Never just skim the Word of God!” he exhorted, according to a translation by the news site Aleteia.

The Pope encouraged young people to ask what God says to them through the Bible.  “Has he touched me in the depths of my longing? What should I do?” he encouraged them to ask. “Only in this way can the force of the Word of God unfold. Only in this way can it change our lives, making them great and beautiful.”

“If you could see my Bible, you would not be particularly impressed,” he said. “What – that’s the Pope’s Bible? Such an old, worn-out book!”

But he would not trade it for a new one.

“I love my old Bible, which has accompanied me half my life. It has been with me in my times of joy and times of tears. It is my most precious treasure,” he said. “I live out of it, and I wouldn’t give anything in the world for it.”

He encouraged readers not to let the Bible disappear on a shelf and collect dust.

“There are more persecuted Christians in the world today than in the early days of the Church. And why are they persecuted? They are persecuted because they wear a cross and bear witness to Jesus. They are convicted because they own a Bible,” he said.

The Pope described the Bible as a “highly dangerous book.” Some countries treat someone with a Bible “as if you were hiding hand grenades in your closet.”

Read the entire article here.

Bible Recommendation for Little Ones

October 26, 2015

In my search for family-friendly Bible resources, I’ve just run across this book, Psalms for Young Children, by Marie-Helene Delval.  It’s perfect for preschoolers and the illustrations are as meaningful as the text.  I found online photos of these three pages (included so you could get an idea of the reading level), but there are about 37 more Psalms included.  It’s hardcover, with sturdy pages and is only $11.

Psalm 104

Psalm 125

Disclaimer: I don’t know anything about this author and have not looked at her other works.  I don’t know if her background is Catholic or Protestant (or something else).  I have only seen this one book and am completely delighted by it.

Lesson Notes: The Bible, Our Book of Faith

October 10, 2015

the bibleThis whole month is going to be spent learning and reviewing Bible basics and whether you’re an expert or a newbie, I hope you’ll be sure to go over all of this lesson with your kids.  It’s so foundational that even if your kids know it well enough that they could teach this lesson to others, there is still great value in review.  (They’re almost certainly capable of learning it better this time than they were three years ago.)

On the checklist:

  • The Bible is one volume containing 73 books.
  • It is divided into two main sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament.
  • The work is the result of over 40 authors
  • Who worked in a period of about 1,600 years.

But, miraculously, it still maintains the thread of one continuous story!  How can that be?  The single word answer is “inspiration.”  The slightly longer answer is that the Holy Spirit worked with and through each of these men in such a way that they used their own style and language, but all the ideas that God wanted included were there with nothing left out.

The rest of the lesson is a big-picture overview of the major sections of Scripture (law, history, wisdom, prophets, etc.) and how they all fit together.


  • booksIf your kids are young enough that cutting is a tedious activity, you may want to cut out your “books” ahead of time, and just have the kids glue them onto the bookshelf in the proper place.
  • We strongly recommend you leave each section of books together when you’re cutting rather than separating all 73 of them.  It’ll just make your life easier!


Remember that even though you won’t encounter the name of Jesus until the book of Matthew, He is all over the Old Testament as well.  In fact, the Catechism teaches us that “the economy of the Old Testament was deliberately so oriented that it should prepare for and declare in prophecy the coming of Christ, redeemer of all men.”

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In this case, it really is all about Jesus!

Bible Basics: Do Catholics Follow All Those Weird Old Testament Laws?

October 9, 2015

Fr. Mike Schmitz – great, as always.

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