Familiarity often breeds contempt...or at least boredom, and the readings for the Sundays and feast days in the church calendar are familiar. So how can we keep the transforming word of God from lulling our minds and hearts like a warm bath, having little or no effect except to encourage us to drift into a daydream?
One answer is to listen, and that is what this book is about: preparing to listen. For only if we have been mulling the words of Scripture for a while, allowing them to seep into our subconscious, can we be fully attentive when we hear them again at Mass. Another answer is to read the passages we are about to hear in a new and different language, one that forces us to sit up and take notice and think, "Oh, that's what the author was trying to say. And a third answer is to get ourselves a guide to the text, someone who has studied the Bible and spent her professional lifetime trying to navigate and explain it.
This Transforming Word offers all three: preparation, new translation, and an experienced guide. This volume contains all the readings in the Roman Catholic Lectionary for Cycle B through 2021.
Alice Camille is a nationally known author, religious educator, and parish retreat leader. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, where she also served as adjunct faculty in ministry formation, preaching and proclamation. Alice has worked in parishes and campus ministry, supervised a shelter program for homeless women, and been active in ecumenical settings.
Alice writes the popular monthly commentary, "Exploring the Sunday Readings," and contributes to "Living With Christ" (Twenty-Third Publications). She collaborates on the homily series, "Prepare the Word," and offers daily reflections for "Take Five For Faith" and a regular column for VISION Vocation Network (all from TrueQuest Communications). She is the regular "Testaments" columnist for US CATHOLIC magazine. Her articles have also appeared in CareNotes, Catholic Digest, Catholic Update, CHURCH, Every Day Catholic, Finding God, GIA Quarterly, God's Word Today, In Good Faith/De Buena Fe, The Liguorian, St. Anthony Messenger, This Sunday's Scripture, Today's Liturgy and Today's Parish. Alice has worked with teams at Brown-ROA, Harcourt, Hi-Time/Pflaum, and RCL Benziger developing catechetical materials for use in parochial schools.
Her writing has earned numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association, the Associated Church Press, and the interfaith Religion Communicators Council. Alice currently works as a full-time writer and speaker, and leads a Bible study at her home parish in the Southwest. She takes God seriously, and religion with a sense of humor.