Bible Journaling


#1

I’ve seen a lot of videos on youtube where people write, make notes, underline, highlight draw little pictures in their Bibles. They use specific journaling Bibles. Are Catholics allowed to do this? When I was younger I was taught not to write anything in the Bible.


#2

Nothing wrong with it. If it helps you appreciate scripture better, go for it.

-Fr ACEGC


#3

If it helps you study, I’d do it. But I might consider having a cheaper copy with largish margins to do this with. I find that over the years I change my mind about what I would highlight.


#4

Absolutely do so if it helps you read and study God’s word more often.

Catholic bookstores sell special Bible high-lighters that don’t bleed through the very thin pages Bibles are printed on.

The Word of God is living and true,
Deacon Christopher


#5

There is one Catholic journaling bible on the market:


#6

We can, but I revere the Holy Writ more than that. Funny that those who live by bible alone scrawl notes all over them.

Just seems strange.


#7

Yes, but be warned – the print is small.


#8

You could do this, but I think it’s better to actually have a journal that you write in every day after reading the Bible.


#9

My Bible is completely marked up with red pen and highlighters.

ZP


#10

I went through a phase of highlighting and writing in my Bible. But after a while it became a distraction. Just because one part of a passage stuck out to me on a particular day didn’t mean that the same passage is what I needed on a different day. But once it was highlighted that is always the section that my eye and mind were drawn to. It became very limiting after a while. I got a fresh RSV-CE Bible and havene’t marked it up. I feel like it frees my mind to focus on whatever the Holy Spirit wants to say to me that day rather than what I have previously thought about.


#11

I have a family bible that is strictly for show.

And a paperback bible that is all written up in.


#12

I do this all the time but I always do it in a separate journal. It helps me keep tract of the verses that I love and ones that I want to understand more deeply.


#13

I love my Bible on Kindle. I can make a million notes and never mark up my Bible :slight_smile:


#14

There’s also an app called You Version, that has a number of different translations, including some Catholic versions. You can highlight and make notes in there, as well.


#15

Personally I would never write in my Bible it seems kind of wrong to me so I get your question and what you feel about being taught not to. I feel it’s disrespectful myself, but I guess it’s a personal thing. For me it would never work, cos the Holy Spirit moves me differently at different times when reading my Bible. I keep a prayer journal and write in there the outcome of my prayers, prayerful reading of the Bible and any mental prayer reflections that come to me so I don’t need to write in my Bible even if I felt so inclined which I dont. I include the Bible passages when it’s from readings and it is dated so that I can go back and compare over the years how things have changed.


#16

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