**Dear Brothers and Sisters in the SACRED HEART!
I have finally figured out how I SHOULD read the Bible. I was reading :Mother Angelica’s private and pithy lessons from the Scripture. In the private lessons that She gave to Her ecumenical bible study group at the monastery, She stresses the idea of meditation. She tells us that we don’t necessarily have to be theologians (What food they ate at the time, what was the terrain like in that part of the world etc.), but we do have to allow the Word of our LORD touch our hearts. This cannot be done if we read the Bible like a newspaper. For a long time, this is what I was guilty of. I thought that by reading the Bible cover to cover that I was going to read the scriptures as I should. Which is not the case, because Scripture is meant to be meditated on. There is nothing wrong with further study of Scripture (Which is something I plan to do after having read and meditated on all of Scripture, something that is going to take me a long time) however what is most important is this: How does what I’m reading affect my life? I was in the mistaken notion that “speed reading” Scripture was how it was meant to be done. However, if a farmer harvests a field too fast, he will miss the a lot of his crop. The same applies to us. If we “harvest” scripture too fast, we will miss the “seeds of Faith” that are so dearly needed by our souls.
Did anyone else have problems like this? What was your expierence in discovering Scripture? **