Psalm 51 is the famous psalm of King David that he composed in repentance after being rebuked by the prophet Nathan for his adultery with Bathsheba, and the murder of her husband to cover it up. It is a lament, “a passionate expression of grief,” and the most well-known of the seven penitential psalms found in the Catholic Bible. It is prayed by the faithful as an expression of sorrow for personal sin, and as such it is a traditional prayer of penance for the Lenten season.
In October of 2012 the Holy Father initiated a special papal Year of Faith that runs through the end of November 2013. The vision of this move, in the words of the Holy Father, “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.” By announcing the Year of Faith, the Pope is trying to combat the spiritual plagues of our time that he has repeatedly warned against, secularism, poor catechesis, and religious indifference, by encouraging Catholics to learn and live their faith in public.
Kids aren’t the only ones headed back to school to start learning again after the long summer break. Adults in Catholic parishes across the country are also gearing up for their Fall Catholic Bible studies. I’m personally a big fan of Bible studies. I never get tired of learning more about my faith. I love discovering all the little nuggets and gems tucked away that are the reward of those who look for them.
What Bible translation took 20 years to complete and the work of over 100 scholars to finish? The New American Bible.
What is one of the oldest English Catholic Bibles still in wide circulation today? The Douay-Rheims Bible Translation.
What Catholic Bible translation originated as a Protestant Bible? The Revised Standard Version or RSV. If you have never heard of the Revised Standard Version, then you might know the Catholic Edition of this Bible as the Ignatius Bible (RSV is known as the Ignatius Bible because it is published by Ignatius Press).
According to happycatholic.org, what is “like having faithful Catholic experts and scholars sitting next to me to shed light on Holy Scripture?” The Navarre Bible!
The Catholic Bible, despite being the inspired Word of God, has been understood, misquoted, and misused for centuries. Even some of the most educated people have poorly interpreted the most important text of human history.
At what age do you think Americans are the least religious? Age 22. Only 17 percent of age 22 Americans, according to data from over 30 years of the General Social Survey, attend a religious service at least once a week.
Lectio divina is a practice which takes patience, a clear mind, time, and practice. Luckily, you don’t have to go about lectio divina all alone.