I came to the church as an adult, and part of my journey as a Catholic has been to memorize Bible verses.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11

Hiding God’s Word in my heart is not only a Biblical concept, it is a great comfort to me. When things happen (and they always do, right?), often a Bible verse I’ve memorized pops into my head. I don’t always remember the location (Google to the rescue), but the words bring me peace and solace in those times.

If you focus on one of these verses every week, and you really learn it, you will know them all by the end of 2015. Isn’t that inspiring?

You can do it. I know you can.

Here are the verses that I think every Catholic should know:

Verses on Salvation

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. -John 3:16-17

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. -Romans 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. -Revelation 3:20

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! -2 Corinthians 5:17

Verses on God’s Promises

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. -Isaiah 40:28

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:30-31 {one of my favorite verses}

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11 {another of my favorites – This verse got me through my husband’s unemployment with almost no anxiety. I prayed it every day!}

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28 {another verse that I prayed every day through Joe’s unemployment}

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. -Hebrews 13:8

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 11:28

Verses on Scripture

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. -2 Timothy 3:16

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. -Psalm 119:105

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8

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The Word of God will never fail. -Luke 1:37

Verses on Faith

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13 {oh, I have so many favorite verses!}

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. -Psalm 46:10

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. -1 Peter 1:6

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. -James 1:17

Verses on Living as a Christian

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. -Joshua 24:15b

“I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything,” but not everything is constructive. -1 Corinthians 10:23

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” -Matthew 22:37-39

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrong.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. -1 Corinthians 13:4-7 {My best childhood friend read this at my wedding.}

The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” -Matthew 25:40

Do everything in love. -1 Corinthians 16:14

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. -Colossians 3:23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:1-2

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. -1 Corinthians 10:13

Do to others as you would have them do to you. -Luke 6:31

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. -Ephesians 4:32

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. -Ephesians 4:29

Verses on Prayer

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. -Psalm 107:1

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7 {I love all of Philippians 4!}

 

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. -Psalm 145:18-19

Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you. -1 Peter 5:7

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