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Catholic Bible Study Software & iPhone Apps? Really?

November 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Resources, Software, Videos

To some of my evangelical friends “Catholic Bible Study” may sound like a kind of oxymoron. But, those of us who know the best kept secrets of Catholicism know that there is more scripture read aloud and reverently in the Catholic Church across the world on any weekday than in all of the protestant Churches of the world combined on any Sunday. I don't say this to cast aspersions on our protestant brothers and sisters but to simply point out the bible is a Catholic book birthed by the Catholic Church and revered by the same as the highest form of public revelation for two thousand years. So, it should be no surprise that in our time there is such a thing as “Catholic Bible Study Software.” Even better, how about software that not only provides a wealth of scripture study tools but also includes a vast library of searchable and cross-referenced resources from the rich tradition of Christ's own Church. Here's a video that explains this amazing resource better than I can.

Logos [now known as Verbum] is really the best Catholic Study Software in the known universe. There is nothing out there like it. Here's what I suggest:

  1. Buy it
  2. Pray for someone to buy it for you (send them this post as a hint – Christmas is coming after all)
  3. Buy it for someone else (i.e. your priest, a seminarian, or your iPad wielding on-fire-for-Christ apologist grandmother)
  4. Open the Logos web page daily as an act of mortification and offer it up if you can't buy it – but keep praying that it will arrive as a gift
  5. Go fishing in a near-by lake and look in the mouth of the first fish you catch. If you don't find enough money to buy it, go back to options 2, or 5.
  6. As a favor to me and to support the good folks who put this together, please pass this post along to any serious Catholic looking to dig deeper into the endless riches of our glorious Church!
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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • judeen H

     this sounds so good… can one copy it off on paper for bible studies? I know alot of studies we use the caticusim too… and talk about saints and how to use it in our lives…. so all the references would be there at the finger tip…. the more one studies the bible and uses it , the more one seems to grow ….in faith

  • LizEst

    Thank you, Dan, for another heads-up!

    I looked at this quite a number of years ago when Logos software came on the scene but there was no Catholic version. A wise scripture professor advised me against it because it (the Protestant version) used a lot of additional complementary non-Catholic sources (and little to no Catholic sources) to its great library of included references.

    This Catholic version should be just what the doctor ordered! Now, to figure out a way to get it! Ha!

    God bless you and thanks again.

  • jack g. – IT IS ALL HERE OR on CD-ROMI am happy to see Logos and would like to share this with you, it is also a great tool ans source of info for all faithful. And it is free on line, too.
    With God’s Blessing , jack

    • Thanks Jack – You are right. is a great resource.

  • Alexandra Campbell

    Dan, you really need to look at this more closely, the commentaries, etc. There is absolutely nothing Catholic about this resource at all. All protestant.

    • Thanks Alex. I actually own and use the most extensive Catholic library in a search system available which is in this library. There are also a also a plethora of protestant and other scholarly works and texts. Look a little deeper…

      • Alexandra Campbell

        ok, oops!

      • Alexandra Campbell

        which version do you have re: the numbering system they use?

  • maren

    I use your website emailed to me along with the “Catholic One” app, on my Android phone (not available on iPhone) as faith tools daily to read scripture, daily mass readings, prayers, and reflections to help with my journey…I have learned so much through your personal spiritual direction/guidance/clarity. This website was the first I found that made sense to me on the web, when seeking Spiritual direction.

  • Logos now has new Verbum packages for Catholics. We got the Bible Study version and we really like it. Dan, any chance your’s and Father John’s books will be available within Logos? That would be awesome!

    • Thanks Michael. It really is a fantastic tool.

  • LizEst

    Logos Catholic Verbum packages here:

    Best of all, they are advertising 15% off of the different packages until February 4th, here:

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