In A Catholic Guide to the Bible, Father Oscar Lukefahr says, “Each time we open the Bible, we dial God’s number. When we pick up the Bible, God says, ‘Hello.’”
Let’s go deep:
“When we pick up the Bible, God, who is not limited by time or space, speaks to us through the same words as those addressed to Abraham, to Moses, or to the prophets. When we pick up the Bible, Jesus speaks to us here and now, just as truly as he spoke to the apostles two thousand years ago…
It invites us to to seek our further spiritual meanings that can allow God to speak to us personally…God’s words in the Bible invite a response. We respond in prayer. We read God’s words, then talk to God as we would to any friend…
We read until we come to a phrase that challenges us to a decision, then make a resolution based on what God has spoken to us. There is no other book that allows this kind of communication with God.”
—from the blog post What Mike Pence Missed: Jesus “Speaks” to Catholics, Too by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, he said, “I began to meet young men and women who talked about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And while I cherish my Catholic upbringing and the foundation that it poured in my faith, that had not been a part of my experience.”
Who were all those saints talking to, then? The sacred stenographers, like St. Faustina, who took down every sacred word they heard and passed them all along to us? And St. Pio of Pietrelcina, our beloved “Padre Pio,” who was seeing and talking to Jesus before the age of five, according to his parents?
You want intimacy? St. Catherine of Siena experienced a “mystical marriage” to Jesus at 21, in which Jesus placed a bejeweled ring—invisible to all save his bride—on her finger. Her devotee, St. Rosa of Lima, would do nothing unless her holy “Husband” gave her permission.