In Steve Martin’s 1979 movie “The Jerk,” there’s a scene where his character shouts, “The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here! … Page 73 — ‘Johnson, Navin R.’! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book every day! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity — your name in print — that makes people. I’m in print!”
Well, I didn’t get quite that excited yesterday when my shipment of “Little Books” arrived, but it’s still good news.
“Little Books” are a series of small booklets, about 4″ x 7″, published by the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, that provides daily reflections on some aspect of Holy Scripture according to a particular season of the liturgical year.
For example …
- The Little Blue Book is for Advent and Christmas
- The Little Black Book is for Lent
- The Little White Book is for Easter
My mother used to give them to me, and, after she died, I started sharing them with relatives and friends.
Each book’s introduction explains that it “provides the framework for you to enjoy one of our oldest traditions of prayer called lectio divina — sacred reading. We take a short Scripture passage and simply let God speak to us through the words, guiding us to reflections that sometimes seem to come from nowhere.”