Catholics and the Bible

I’m glad to hear that the bishops of the world will gather later this year (October) with Pope Benedict XVI for a Synod on the Bible. This will be a good opportunity for Catholics to reflect on the role of Scripture in our formation. For too many Catholics, the Bible has been kept at arm’s length, causing us to miss out on the power of God’s Word in Scripture. Catechists are at the forefront of integrating Scripture into the lives of young Catholics. We ourselves need to do all we can to learn more about Scripture so that we can help those we teach to gain access to the transforming grace that comes to us from the Living Word.

How’s your relationship with the Bible these days?

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

2 Comments on Catholics and the Bible

  1. My Catholic Study Bible is pretty worn and marked up. I recently saw nice new one (of all places, it was at Costco!!)and I contemplated buying it. Then I rethought it because it would be like loosing an old friend.
    I believe an important way of promoting the importance of the Word is to begin a class, workshop, parish meeting etc with not only a prayer but an appropriate passage from scripture as well. It doesn’t have to be long. Reflecting on even a short passage can be beneficial to anyone’s spiritual life, no matter what age.

  2. Lauretta, your suggestion about starting any class, workshop, etc. with a Scripture reading is right on target. Prayers should not just be us speaking to God but should always include space for us to listen to God speaking to us!

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