*That is an interesting question.
I actually find that Catholics DO read the bible… but for purposes of this thread…
First of course understand that many Catholics use the readings from Mass to hear sciptures on a weekly or daily basis.
How wonderful it is that most times the priest takes the readings and applies it to our life today.
Here in my own Local Church I actually find many Catholics reading the bible outside of Mass.
In the religious store I work in we make sure to stock
The New American Bible
The New Revised Standard Version… Catholic Edition
Both highly recommended by priests, and Bishops in our area. and priests visiting from such far away countries as England, Ireland, Nigeria, India and Canada
The One Year Catholic Bible which is a wonderful edition for those who have made the commitment to “read the entire bible through in one year” is a nice way to be introduced to scripture if one has never attempted the read in one year concept.
For those worried about it being too big… why not begin with the Gospels? Then the Acts of the Apostles then go from there. There is no wrong way to read scripture. Many people I know use the daily readings and homilies and meditate on those.
I know one of the things that drew me to the church [34 yrs ago] was the fact that the church values scripture so highly, and that the homilies were directed either to the days readings or the lives of the saints (celebrated on a particular day)
What a wonderful thought provoking thread I am sure this will be.
Blessings of Peace and All Good!*