Summer with Scripture

Whew! What a great day Saturday, June 22, was for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office and our friends at the American Bible Society. The fourth annual New York Catholic Bible Summit brought a record 600 people to Cathedral High School for a day of enlightenment on Sacred Scripture. Thanks to Cardinal Dolan for the inspiring opening Liturgy and to all our presenters and volunteers, who made this wonderful experiences happen.

Special thanks to Sr. Joan Curtin, CND, director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office; to Mario Paredes, presidential liaison for Catholic outreach at the American Bible Society; and to my super co-chair, Oscar Cruz, director: Catechumenate / Family Catechesis / Formation of Adult Catechesis Leaders.

Let’s keep the great momentum going. Summer is for most people a slightly less pressured time, a time to sit and reflect. What better could there be to reflect on than the Word of God as given to us in the Bible! Here are some resources to get you started. Some of them come from our great Bible Summit presenters. Best of all, they are available electronically so you are not hauling huge big tomes around or weighing down your luggage with them. You can take any of these on a plane, on a train, on a cruise, to the beach, to the mountains or wherever you go to chill out.

Lectio Divina. This form of prayerful reading and meditation on passages from Sacred Scripture is becoming more and more popular because of its accessibility. Take as little as a much time as you need with it. The website I’ve linked to is at the American Bible Society.

Together on Retreat: Meeting Jesus in Prayer. This is an e-book by Father James Martin, SJ, who gave a demonstration of  an e-retreat during his Bible Summit keynote address. You can get it on Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook, and then take it to the beach on your iPad, your iPhone, your Android or your e-reader. Just remember to use your sunscreen, however, because you’ll become very engrossed in this and might lose track of the time.

Bible to go. Just surf the web for the online Bible that you prefer and load that onto your e-reader. I have the New American Bible on mine.  Or just go the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ New American Bible website.

Jesus of Nazareth: What he Wanted, Who He Was by Gerhard Lohfink, published in hardcover and also available in e-formats from Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Take some time with Scripture this summer. You won’t regret it.

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