Lectio Divina: Sharing the Word with the Holy FamilyThe following is a link to Karl Schultz’ appearance on the EWTN program Sunday Night Prime on December 9, 2012, on the subject of St. Joseph and Lectio Divina.
Recent TV AppearancesKarl was recently a guest on EWTN’s Thursday afternoon show At Home with Jim & Joy, hosted by Jim & Joy Pinto on Thursday April 14, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. EWTN is an international Catholic television network that is available in both standard and high definition programming on most cable and satellite systems. Karl’s topic was “Adam and Eve: Yesterday and Today: Contemporary Applications of the Greatest Story Ever Told”. He analyzed the story of Adam and Eve within a contemporary context, and discussed how it teaches modern day Christians to reject secular values. To view Karl’s appearance on EWTN, click the play button below.
Articles PublishedThe following is a link to Karl’s article: “The Passionate Possibilities of Christian Single Life”, which appeared in the January 4, 2016 issue of America magazine: http://americamagazine.org/issue/vibrant-vocation
The How-To Book of the Bible
In 2004, Our Sunday Visitor published “The How-To Book of the Bible”. At a price of $14.95, this 352 page guide is a versatile resource for personal and group bible study and spirituality. It makes an excellent companion to “How to Pray with the Bible” and “The St. Joseph Guides.”
This book is hailed as the most unique and practical introduction to the Bible on the market
It teaches the reader how to read, pray, apply, and live the Bible in an empowering, fulfilling, and holistic manner. It is designed for readers with beginning and intermediate levels of familiarity with the Bible.
The How-To Book of the Bible” contains an extensive discussion of lectio divina on art. In researching this topic, Schultz has visited top art museums throughout the world, and accumulated an extensive collection of works on ancient (particularly Near Eastern, the biblical lands), Renaissance, and Baroque art and culture. 352 pp.
How to Pray with the Bible – The Ancient Prayer Form of Lectio Divina Made Simple
Our Sunday Visitor, 160 pp
“How to Pray with the Bible” is the fruit of fifteen years of writing and teaching about lectio divina. Its table of contents has been praised as the best of any book on the subject. This book is an accessible and stimulating explanation of lectio divina (prayerful reading of the Bible with our whole selves)
“How to Pray with the Bible” explains the Church’s official and oldest model for prayerfully reading Scripture and other spiritual writings. It discusses the process as a whole along with individual components, and offers reflection questions and applications for personal assimilation.
The St. Joseph Guide to the Bible: Becoming Comfortable with the Bible in Four Simple Steps
The Catholic Book Publishing Co., 144 pp.
In September, 2008, Karl’s eleventh book, “The St. Joseph Guide to the Bible: Becoming Comfortable with the Bible in Four Simple Steps” was published by the Catholic Book Publishing Corporation. It complements the St. Joseph Edition of the Bible and the St. Joseph Sunday and Daily Missals, also by the same publisher. At 144 pages and $9.95, it is quite the bargain. It offers a manageable way to become familiar and comfortable with the Bible in a quick and effective manner. It was originally entitled “Your Quick-Start Guide to the Bible”, but the link to the St. Joseph Bible and Missals merited top billing.
“The St. Joseph Guide to the Bible” is composed of four chapters:
1) How to choose a Bible and translation.
2) The proper order in which to read the Bible.
3) How to read the Bible prayerfully and holistically using the ancient Christian model of spiritual reading known as lectio divina.
4) How to interpret the Bible competently and confidently. It introduces the reader to principles culled from the voluminous writings of the most prominent contemporary Catholic biblical scholar and church leader, Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., retired archbishop of Milan. In May, 2010, it will be accompanied by “The St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina: Praying the Word with the Holy Family.” It shows how Mary and Joseph model lectio divina and femininity and masculinity, and explores the different ways men and women practice lectio
Excellent starter book. Manageable size and length. Practical pointers, and discussion of Cardinal Carlo M. Martini, S.J.’s accessible synthesis of biblical study and spirituality with Ignatian spirituality.
The St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina: Sharing the Word with the Holy Family
The Catholic Book Publishing Co., 180 pp.
In August, 2010, Karl’s newest book, “The St. Joseph Guide to Lectio: Praying the Word with the Holy Family” was published by the Catholic Book Publishing Corporation. It highlights the different ways men and women practice lectio divina, and focuses on Mary and Joseph as models of responsiveness to God’s word and practitioners of lectio divina. They prayed with the Word (Jesus) in an unique way. There are many St. Joseph’s in our midst, behind-the-scenes heroes and heroines who are willing to do the dirty work while keeping quiet and receiving little credit. Nothing escapes God’s notice, however.
We cannot assume that Joseph felt good when he responded to the angel’s commands. When you wake up from a dream, you’re tired. St. Joseph gave his fiat (obedience) to God via actions, complementing Mary’s classic verbal response. This general difference between masculine and feminine responses to God’s word is discussed in detail in “The St. Joseph Guide to Lectio Divina: Sharing the Word with the Holy Family.”
St. Joseph is a peerless model of masculinity and discipleship in the modern world. Reflection on his life as recorded by the Scriptures and commented upon by the saints and popes can help us emulate his obedience, justice, mercy, kindness, humility, and courage.
Incidently, many women believe St. Joseph is a classic model for a husband: he doesn’t say anything, does what he’s told, provides well, spends time with his son, teaching him a trade and how to get along in the world, attends religious services and observances faithfully, deflects credit and avoids the spotlight, is chaste, and whenever there is a moral deficiency within the family the fault can only lie with him… However whenever I hear some eager husband hunters comment that they are looking for another St. Joseph, my immediate thought is that they may be in for a long search.
Journaling with Moses and Job
St. Paul Books, 1998.
How to journal with the Bible using lectio divina
With extensive excerpts from Carinal Martini’s classic “Through Moses to Jesus”
Provides journaling guidelines, exercises, and biblical texts. Based on Cardinal Carlo Martini’s out-of-print spiritual classic, Through Moses to Jesus (Ave Maria Press, 1988). Excellent appendix article on journaling with lectio divina by Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB.
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Entire Karl A. Schultz library of 13 books
This library contains all 13 books published by Karl A. Schultz. This is a $152.50 value if bought separately. Includes personal message from the author if desired. (Complete personalization section below to express the correct spelling of the name, etc.) Great gift for your priest, parish librayr or a lived one!
Becoming Community: Biblical Meditations and Modern Applications
- New City Press, 176 pp.
Becoming Community” is the only book on the subject to utilize the process of lectio divina while integrating the fruits of biblical exegesis and spirituality with the human sciences.
“Becoming Community” is a thematic collection of reflections on Old and New Testament texts dealing with community life and interpersonal relations, including conflicts. It uses the framework of lectio divina to facilitate a balanced and holistic reading and application. The book begins with a clear and concise introduction to lectio divina to (re)acquaint readers with this ancient and attested practice. “Becoming Community” contains meditations on biblical texts on community and interpersonal relations and draws parallels with contemporary challenges. Using lectio divina, the reader is drawn into a dialogue with the text, themselves, others, and God. It contains stimulating reflection questions. It is carefully written and edited. Good for beginner and intermediate level readers.
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Bearing the Unbearable: Coping with Infertility and other Profound Suffering
Bearing the Unbearable” contains reflections and contemporary applications of the struggles with infertility experienced by biblical couples, particularly the patriarchs and matriarchs and the parents of important characters such as Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. Using the process of lectio divina combined with reflection questions and parallels with contemporary infertility challenges, the reader is drawn into the biblical text and into a dialogue with God and others, especially their partner. A detailed table of contents and numerous sub-headings allow the reader to identify sections of particular interest. Bearing the Unbearable also addresses other forms of intimate suffering and shows how these are related in the Bible and in life to the trauma of infertility.
Bearing the Unbearable” has superb cover and chapter artwork by renowned stained glass artist Nicholas Parrendo, and contains copious reflection questions and applications designed to help readers draw personal parallels with the lives of biblical characters.
Calming the Stormy Seas of Stress
St. Mary’s Press, 94 pp.
Calming reflections and guidelines on transforming personal, professional, and family stress into growth and healing.
A series of Bible-based meditations on coping with stress. The format is specifically designed to facilitate lectio divina (contemplative reading.) An inspirational quotation is followed by a brief meditation, reflection questions, and practical applications. Excellent for reading in short periods, such as at night or during quiet time.
Where is God When You Need Him?
(Alba House, 184 pp)
A reflective application of the book of Job to personal suffering in the modern world. Includes fantastic, hard to find, lectio divina article by Cardinal Marini.
Addresses the mystery of suffering through the lens of the book of Job and human experience. Shows how lectio divina, the ancient monastic model of holistic reading/experiencing of the Bible and other spiritual literature, can be used with the book of Job to facilitate growth and healing.
The Art & Vocation of Caring for People in Pain
Paulist Press, 144 pp.
“The Art and Vocation of People in Pain” discusses the stages and language of suffering as found in the book of Job. Using lectio divina, it helps sufferers and care-givers engage in a dialogue with God and Job about their life and afflictions. The appendix contains an acclaimed article that shows how to apply lectio divina not only to the Bible, but also to life, personal salvation history, and relationships.
Pope Paul VI: Christian Virtues and Values
The Crossroad Publishing Company, 224 pp.
“Pope Paul VI” has been endorsed by the world’s leading Catholic biblical association, the Catholic Biblical Federation. It is the only thematic collection of Paul’s teachings to be accompanied by an extensive account of his life and legacy and its suitability for lectio divina and interpersonal dialogue.
“Pope Paul VI” contains highlights of the pope’s teaching on pivotal subjects during his pontificate, while also discussing his life, papacy, legacy, influence, and contemporary relevance.
Carefully selected excerpts from his teachings are grouped according to theme and presented chronologically with respect to developments in his papacy. Topics include: dialogue, peace, love, chasity, human development, faith, suffering, humility, joy, and evangelization. Each chapter begins with an overview and application of Paul’s teaching on the subject and ends with a discussion of how the ancient prayer process of lectio divina can be used effectively with the contents of the chapter. Immediately after the Introduction, the book includes an overview of lectio divina.
Personal Energy Management: A Christian Personal and Professional Development Program
A spirituality-based, holistic, values-oriented approach to time management
Shows how relationships and personal dignity must be balanced with functional concerns. Principles include philosophy, prayer and providence, perspective and poise, purpose, self-knowledge, and perseverance and prudence. Practices include prioritizing, pace, patterns, and patience, presence, persuasion, and phone management. Mismanagement Patterns include procrastination, perfectionism, punctuality, and leisure.
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Job Therapy: Wellness, Achievement, and Fulfillment in the Workplace
This small gift book contains succinct, constructive suggestions for coping creatively with workplace stressors. Each directive is followed by a rationale and is accompanied by a black and whilte bear cartoon illustrating the point. These insightful pointers spur reflection and effective personal and professional application.
Substantive and enjoyable fare for busy persons seeking to optimize their experience in the workplace and cope with difficult challenges.