"From infancy you have known the scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through t faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teachng for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteous so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work." ( 2 Timothy 3:15-17).
As a Catholic Christian, I was taught the Seven Sacraments, Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Marriage, and Anointing of the Sick are the visible signs of invisible grace. So too, is the Word of God. Through learning about the sacred Scriptures, we come to know the Living God in a very personal way.
Recently, my six year old was reading about Moses and the burning bush. She paused, looked at me and exclaimed, "Lucky! I wish God would talk to me!" That desire, that hunger, I hope she never loses. I explained God does talk to us through the Bible, however she wants the sensry expereince given to Moses.
During the Second Vatican Council II, the importance of the Word was emphasized, " The Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord's Body.She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God's Word and Christ's Body." CCC 103
However, growing up I knew many a Catholic household who enthroned their Bible in a place of honor, but never read it for personal study or reflection. Instead, they relied on the priest to interpret the Sunday readings for them, and the nuns to educate their children. My parents did read and study the Bible, but sharing scripture on a daily basis with us as children is not something I recall. Instead, it was something that was read to me on the high holy days such as Good Friday or learned in school as a subject like English, or Math.
I want more for my children.