Bible reading is for Catholics
The Church encourages Catholics to make reading the Bible part of their daily prayer lives. Reading these inspired words, people grow deeper in their relationship with God and come to understand their place in the community God has called them to in himself.
Prayer is the beginning and the end
Reading the Bible is not like reading a novel or a history book. It should begin with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds to the Word of God. Scripture reading should end with a prayer that this Word will bear fruit in our lives, helping us to become holier and more faithful people.
The Bible is the Word of God. It is His personal letter to each of us. The Bible says:
2 Timothy 3
16 All Scripture is given by God and is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching the right way to live.
Correctly understanding God's Word will involve much study, contemplation, and prayer. It will involve asking the Holy Spirit to guide your learning and being committed to the Word in deed and thought. The Bible says:
2 Timothy 2
15 Study to show thyself approved unto God
We have provided the following resources below to guide your personal learning.