December 01 Announcement of the Sunday of Word of God
Pope Francis is passionate about the Word of God. He has declared a special Sunday dedicated to the Bible. All of us are invited to respond imaginatively and actively to this new Feast. Here in Dublin, there is be a number of initiatives including pastoral resources for the day itself. The Feast marks the start of a year of increased engagement with the Word.
January 26 Sunday of the Word of God
May 31- June 7 Ecumenical Bible Week
June 22-26 Scripture Summer School
September 30 Feast of St Jerome
Gathering around the Word (under construction).
On the feast of St Jerome 2019, Pope Francis instituted the new Sunday of the Word of God, with a declaration “He opened their eyes”.
This web page will present materials and resources for the first celebration of the feast on Sunday, 26 January 2020.
Lectio Divina (sacred reading) is enjoying a period of popularity and growth. There are many different “methods”, so its a matter of finding what will suit you or your group. Here are some indications:
From this website: click here.
For more options, try any of these links.
Lectio Divina for kids
Lectio Divina by James Swetnam SJ
Lectio Divina Benedictine resources
Introduction to Lectio Brendan Clifford OP
Lectio Divina Home Page Richard McCambley OCSO
It can be hard to know which bible to take up. These notes may help.
On different translations (under construction)
On different Study Bibles (under construction)
Church Teaching on Scripture
From time to time, the bishop of Rome publishes a document on Scripture. Here are links to two significant recent documents.
Sunday of the Word of God (Establishing the feast of the Word of God)
Christ is alive (Letter to young people)
The Joy of the Gospel (Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis)
The Word of God (Post-Synodal Exhortation of Benedict XVI)
BISHOPS OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES
The God Who Speaks (useful site)
The Gift of Scripture
The Pontifical Biblical Commission publishes position papers and documents from time to time.
Since the Vatican II, these have proved immensely helpful. On their website, the documents are presented in chronological order, starting with the earliest. For the more recent papers, you need to scroll down. For convenience (and also to have them in English), here are links to five very useful studies
The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture
The Bible and Morality
The Jewish People and their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church
Can Women Be Priests?