Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Summer Bible & Catechism Reading Plan

Update (10 June 2013): My plan did not work out very well. Between the unpredictable nature of parish work and traveling for training by Catholic Charities (for my summer assignment), I crashed and burned almost right out of the gate. On the advice of my spiritual director here in the diocese, I'm going to return to my old pattern of one New Testament chapter and two Old Testament chapters per day and thank God for this lesson in spiritual humility.

Original post:

In less than two weeks, I will receive my third academic degree as the seminary grants me the rank of Bachelor of Philosophy at Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 11.

After that, my summer assignment back in the diocese will begin. His Excellency the Bishop has given me plenty to do -- working part-time at both Catholic Charities and the diocesan chancery, all while serving at the Parish Church of St Mary of the Seven Sorrows. Despite all that, I still want to continue my intellectual and spiritual formation during the break.

I have decided that instead of trying to get fancy with my reading, I am going to stick to the basics: the Bible and the Catechism.

Here's my plan:—
  • My summer break is 14 weeks long, beginning with Ascension Sunday and effectively ending during the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time.  
  • All told, I will have ninety-eight days outside of the seminary.  
  • Take away 14 of those days for my canonically mandated days-of-rest, and there will be 84 days upon which to study.
  • There are 2,865 paragraphs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • There are 1,074 chapters in the authentic Old Testament of the Bible.
  • There are 260 chapters in the authentic New Testament of the Bible.
In order that I can read a selection from the Catechism, the Old Testament, and the New Testament each workday, I will need to read:—
  1. In the Catechism, 34 paragraphs per day;
  2. In the Old Testament, 13 chapters per day; and
  3. In the New Testament, 3 chapters per day.
That may seem like a lot, but I don't imagine that it will take more than about an hour to read all three selections.  And there's one thing about it: when the summer is over, I should be well-refreshed in my knowledge of both Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition!