This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Become spiritually literate — and learn how to enjoy your Bible as you read and discuss the Old and New Testaments, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life!
Total classes: 12
Prerequisite: None. Students need not have taken Living Scripture parts One through Five. This class will pick up with where we left off in the Bible at the end of Living Scripture Four, but students are welcome to join the course in any given semester, as we slowly work our way through the entire Bible!
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
Suggested credit: One full semester Theology or Scripture
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” said St. Jerome.
The aim of this course is to remedy the Scriptural illiteracy of the average Catholic, even the average devout Catholic. We will read and discuss various sections of the Bible throughout the Semester, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life in us and to reveal to us how everything in God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus. Peter Kreeft says that you don’t read the Bible, the Bible reads you. He also says that the Bible is “God’s love letter to us.” In this course, we will learn to read that “love letter” from God and we will end up being moved by it.
We will read five readings from Scripture daily, including selections from:
1. An Old Testament Historical book – beginning in Exodus
2. A Psalm
3. An Old Testament Wisdom or Prophetic book – beginning with Sirach
4. A New Testament Epistle or non-Gospel reading – beginning with Ephesians
5. A Gospel
Mr. O’Brien will post a brief daily video lecture commenting on one or more of that day’s readings. We will then, during our live Monday gatherings, discuss the readings that made the biggest impression on us throughout the previous week.
Course materials: The Holy Bible, any translation, but we will especially focus on the variety of translations and interlinear versions available online.
Homework: Five rather short daily readings from Scripture, plus a daily video of five to ten minutes to watch and comment upon. Plan on about an hour a day.