Today Pope Benedict XVI suggested that Catholics read the Bible during their summer holiday.
It is not, probably, what first comes to mind when we come to plan our holiday reading. Scripture can seem a rather daunting option, especially for the beach.
Helpfully, Benedict XVI has recommended some passages that can be read in an hour. These include the Book of Tobit on family and marriage, the Book of Esther on the power of prayer, and the Book of Ruth on divine providence.
He also suggested, more ambitiously, “the Book of Job, which tackles the great problem of innocent suffering, Ecclesiastes, for its disconcerting modernity which questions the meaning of life and the world, [and] the Song of Songs, a beautiful poem symbolic of human love”.
In our editorial published in this week’s paper we advised dipping into the Psalms, which mix high drama with beguiling poetry.
What would Herald readers suggest?