One of the best spiritual practices I’ve been led to is reading the Bible through once a year–I’m working on my 11th time through right now. This schedule will help you to read the whole (Catholic!) Bible in one year by spending 10-25 minutes a day in the Word. It’s organized according to the liturgical year and has the advantage of giving you Gospels and Psalms/Proverbs all year to help you trudge trough Leviticus. Print it double-sided and fold it up to keep in your Bible. Highly recommended! (disclaimer: I found this online 10 years ago. I’ve reformatted and adjusted it, but I’d like to give credit to the original author. Unfortunately, I can’t find him! If it’s you, please let me know.)
One Year Bible
In all my time reading the Bible, I’ve spent hours struggling to place things in context and figure out what on earth is going on. Believe it or not, I’d probably read the Bible all the way through 5 times before I realized that Judah and Israel were two separate kingdoms! Here’s a timeline of the Bible I put together to help you keep track. Let me know if you see any errors.
Probably the most exciting paper I ever wrote, this (uber-academic) piece on the Reformation rejection of the Deuterocanon gives the background of the Catholic inclusion of the Deuterocanonical books and the subsequent Protestant rejection. It’s pretty long and a tough read, but definitely worth it if you want to be able to explain why we’ve got more books.
Reformation Rejection of the Deuterocanon
To prepare for confession or a group penance service–feel free to copy and pass out.
A Catholic Examination of Conscience