Scripture Memory For Catholics- How To Get Started

I’ve always wished I had more Scripture memorized, and I’ve always thought (in general) that Catholics should memorize more scripture than they do. This is something that reflects in my work here on Catholic Icing, making sure that my resources, such as Catholic ABC’s, comes with scripture memory each week.

Jesus said to them in reply, “You are misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God.” Matthew 22:29

We don’t want that to be us! Jesus wants us to know the Scriptures!

The reality is, it’s overwhelming to “memorize Scripture” if it’s not something you’re used to, because you don’t know where to start. If it’s not a part of the culture you’ve grown up in, and no one shows you how, it falls by the wayside. This is why I wanted to present to you a Scripture memory system that’s easy to get started.

scripture memory- how to get started

This system is pulled directly from the Simply Charlotte Mason site. All of these dividers can be downloaded there for free.

how to start scripture memory for catholics

*Updated To Say* I now also have a set of prayer box dividers that will work for this as well. You can find them here. My set has Catholic artwork, prayers, and and devotions on the dividers. It’s a time investment to print, laminate, and cut all of these out, so it might be nice to have a pretty set when you’re finished. 🙂

prayer box- organize your prayer life

printable prayer dividers

So here’s the system. You build a Scripture memory box from an index card box with dividers that you can print from the website above.

The current Scripture verse you’re memorizing goes behind the “Daily” tab, and stays there until everyone in the family can recite it. You practice each morning by stating the Book, Chapter, and Verse Number, reciting the verse, then repeating the Book, Chapter, and Verse Number again. You do this each day until it’s memorized, then you rotate it back to the next dividers for review.

The next dividers say “Even” and “Odd” for the even and odd calendar days. This way, you’re reviewing whatever is behind these tabs every other day.

scripture memory system- index card box

Secondly, there is a set of days of the week dividers. These run Sunday through Saturday.

scripture memory box- days of the week

When your even and odd slots get full, the Scriptures are moved behind the days of the week tabs, and reviewed once a week.

simply charlotte mason scripture memory box printable

Lastly, there is a set of numbered dividers running 1-31. Once the Scripture verses are moved back here, they are reviewed once a month.

scripture memory- days of the month

Your box gets filled in as you memorize Scripture, so it will be mostly empty at first, filling over time.

For example, with a full box on Friday, June 27, you would:

  • Read try to memorize your new Scripture verse behind your “Daily” tab
  • Review your Scripture behind the “Odd” tab
  • Review your Scripture behind Friday
  • Review your Scripture behind the number “27”

bible verse memory box- days of the month

This set of dividers in these pictures was printed from the Simply Charlotte Mason site on different colors of card stock, laminated, and then cut out. If you don’t want to make your own dividers, you can buy some standard Alphabet index dividers, and turn them over to use the backs of them, labeling them yourself with a sharpie. You will need 41 divider tabs in all.

Feel free to start with my Scripture ABC cards. They’re all simple Scripture that’s easy for kids to memorize, and from a Catholic Bible. Next week, I’ll be coming out with another set of Scripture cards that Catholic already (at least mostly) know to help speed the initial process along, building confidence in Catholics for Scripture Memory!

Go ahead and make your Scripture boxes now! This would be a great thing to start with your kids for the upcoming school year. 🙂

You can find even more bible resources for kids here including free printables, scripture memory resources, the best children’s bibles, and more!


  1. I started that system with my 3 year old mostly just to expose him to scripture and help myself out withemory. It was never part ofy education. I’m amazed after just a couple months how much we BOTH have memorized! I printed off your ABC verses and will add them to our system. I’m repurposing a recipe box and tabs for it

  2. Linda Bieg says

    Before I returned to the Church 7 years ago, I was an Evangelical Christian, and this is the system I used! It really works! You just need to use it, use it, use it. What you don’t use, you will lose. Great idea!

  3. Brittany says

    This is fabulous! I have been working here and there with my four (soon to be five), but not in any organized fashion. I’m excited to try this out 🙂
    Also, LOVE your ABC Scripture Cards!

  4. Jennifer says

    Great idea! A system always helps and it is so important for Catholics to know the Bible, there are so many verses that can be used for apologetics and to refute arguments against the Church.

  5. I just purchased the prayer box set, which is much simpler than the method I’ve been trying to use for prayer intentions and devotions, which is a notebook and saying, “…and for all the other intentions I have committed to praying for that I don’t remember.” XD

    BUT we would really benefit from this Scripture memory set for our family’s evening time. While we have begun reading the Bible as a family in the evenings, I really want imbedded in the hearts of my children God’s words for them in Scripture. As a Catholic mother, I tend to fail at this. :-/ If you still have this file in your computer somewhere, I would be very happy to purchase it. (I found my way here after reading the same SSM post you shared.)

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