We just finished doing inventory (one of the most fun things we do twice a year) and have decided to clear out some of our inventory. Looking back, we probably should do this BEFORE inventory day. Oh, well.
In 1999, Bishop Ken Untener of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw decided to create a Little Black Book, which would use the prayer tradition of Lectio Divina to help people pray the Passion of Our Lord.
On the right-hand side of the book, there would be a verse from the Passion and a reflection. Folks would be asked to spend “six minutes a day with this Little Book, letting God speak to them through this scriptural verse.” The left-hand side would be like a “buffet table” with a variety of items: Catholic customs and traditions, the saint of the day, historical tidbits and other interesting information.
The Little Black Book debuted in 2000 as a Lenten reflection book for the bishop’s mid-Michigan diocese. Besides an English version of the book, there was also a Spanish edition, and a children’s book (Little Purple Book). Soon, however, word of the Little Books began to spread to parishes throughout Michigan and the Midwest, and the Saginaw Diocese was flooded with requests for copies of the book.