In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops invites families, parishes, schools, and other Catholic groups to participate in National Bible Week, November 15-21, 2015. This year’s theme, “The Bible: A Book for the Family,” builds on the Synod of Bishops on the Family and Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.
Engaging in the activities and reading the articles associated with National Bible Week will provide all the faithful, especially the Domestic Church of the Christian family, the opportunity to become more comfortable with reading and reflecting on the Scriptures and to come to know God’s Word more deeply.
Go to the National Bible Week 2015 Website to access information, including resources for families and articles for learning more about the Church’s understanding and use of the Sacred Scriptures.
This method of prayer goes back to the early monastic tradition. There were not bibles for everyone and not everyone knew how to read. So the monks gathered in chapel to hear a member of the community reading from the scripture. In this exercise they were taught and encouraged to listen with their hearts because it was the Word of God that they were hearing.
- Quiet your body and mind as you prepare to listen to the Word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and heart to God’s Word.
- Read the scripture passage aloud to hear the words with your ears.
- Pause and recall if some word or phrase stood out or something touched your heart. Savor the insight, feeling, or understanding.
- Re-read the passage.
- Pause again and sit with your thoughts and feelings from the reading.
- Dialogue with God: Father, Son, and Spirit. Share from your heart your thoughts and feelings and listen to what God might be saying to you.
Imaginative Meditation, also known as Ignatian Contemplation
Enter into the story with your imagination. Become one of the characters or a bystander. Use your senses: see what is happening, hear what is being said, smell the aromas of the scene, touch and feel the people and things in the story.