Praying the Scriptures
for a Change
Changing our lives to meet Jesus
Opening Prayer
1 Peter 1:15-16
Become holy yourselves in every
aspect of your conduct, after the
likeness of the holy One ...
Overview
• Why Change?
• Metanoia
• Exercise for the Soul
• Climbing a Sycamore
Tree
• Road to Emmaus
• Ancient Path
• Lec...
Why Change?
• Universal hunger for happiness
• Prevailing worldview regarding happiness
– Play song: Rockstar by Nickelbac...
Metanoia
• Metanoia – change of heart; interior penance
• John 16:8-9
– “[The Holy Spirit will] convince the world concern...
Exercise our Souls
• “I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after
preaching to others I myself should be
disqualified.” – S...
Climbing a Sycamore Tree
• Luke 19:1-6
– God does not require our deservedness to
receive his heavenly gifts
– But…He does...
Road to Emmaus
• Luke 24:13-32, 35
– Jesus himself drew near and went with them
– Their eyes were kept from recognizing Hi...
Ancient Path
• Jerimiah 6:16
– Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and
look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the
...
Ancient Path
• Pope Benedict XVI:
– "I would like in particular to recall and recommend the
ancient tradition of Lectio di...
Lectio Divina
• Four rungs of the Monk’s Ladder to
holiness (traditional)
1. Read (Lectio) – examine the details of the
pa...
Lectio Divina
• Vinyard Metaphor
– Read: Pick grapes carefully so they’re not damaged.
Work your way through the lines of ...
Practical Example
1 Peter 1:15-16
Become holy yourselves in every
aspect of your conduct, after the
likeness of the holy O...
Step 5 – Divine Service
(Operatio)
• Divine Service : Bottle it up and ship it
out! Put into practice a resolution to brin...
How Can I Make a Change?
• Make a plan and resolve to stick with it…
Piety (Holiness):
• Liturgy of the Hours:
Invitatory,...
How Can I Make a Change?
Time
(mm:ss)
Source Scripture
3:25 Daily Mass Eph 2:12-2; Psalm 85:9ab-10, 11-12, 13-14; Luke 12:...
About the Author
Dr. Tim Gray is the President of the
Augustine Institute, a dynamic new MA
program in Sacred Scripture an...
About the Author
Dr. Edward Sri is a founding leader with
Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of
Catholic University Studen...
Questions?
Closing Prayer
Luke 1:29 “[Mary] considered in her mind
what sort of [Angelic] greeting this might
be.”
Luke 2:19 “Mary ke...
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  1. 1. Praying the Scriptures for a Change Changing our lives to meet Jesus
  2. 2. Opening Prayer 1 Peter 1:15-16 Become holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, after the likeness of the holy One who called you; remember, Scripture says, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
  3. 3. Overview • Why Change? • Metanoia • Exercise for the Soul • Climbing a Sycamore Tree • Road to Emmaus • Ancient Path • Lectio Divina • Practical Example • Step 5 – Divine Service (Operatio) • How Can I Make a Change?
  4. 4. Why Change? • Universal hunger for happiness • Prevailing worldview regarding happiness – Play song: Rockstar by Nickelback – Individualism – what’s in it for me? – Hedonism – if it feels good, do it – Minimalism – what is the least I can do? • What is authentic happiness ? • “You cannot become more like Jesus Christ and at the same time stay as you are.”1
  5. 5. Metanoia • Metanoia – change of heart; interior penance • John 16:8-9 – “[The Holy Spirit will] convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” • John 15:36 – “[the Holy Spirit] will bear witness to me” • Acts 2:36-38 – “they were cut to the heart” – What shall we do? – Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 26:20)
  6. 6. Exercise our Souls • “I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” – St. Paul, 1 Cor 9:27 • Faculties of the soul: – Intellect – its job is to know. Know what? Know things as they really are (sanity) – Will – its job is to choose. Choose what? Choose love (sanctity) • Catechism: “[God] calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him ” (CCC 1721; cf.)
  7. 7. Climbing a Sycamore Tree • Luke 19:1-6 – God does not require our deservedness to receive his heavenly gifts – But…He does require us to WORK: • “he sought to see Jesus” (Lk 19:3), “Faith which worketh by love” (Gal 5:6), “Justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24), “He will render to every man according to his works” (Rom 2:6) – Although undeserving, we are created, gifted and called to participate in the work of God • “we are God's fellow workers” (1 Cor 3:9)
  8. 8. Road to Emmaus • Luke 24:13-32, 35 – Jesus himself drew near and went with them – Their eyes were kept from recognizing Him – They constrained him – He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them – Their eyes were opened and they recognized him – Our hearts burn within us while he talked to us…while he opened to us the scriptures – He was known to them in the breaking of the bread
  9. 9. Ancient Path • Jerimiah 6:16 – Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls • Guigo II, Carthusian monk ,12th century – Ladder for Monks – Lectio Divina (“Divine Reading”) – Lectio Divina dates back to St. Benedict (5th cent.), having its roots in Sacred Scripture
  10. 10. Ancient Path • Pope Benedict XVI: – "I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart (cf. Dei Verbum, n. 25). If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church - I am convinced of it - a new spiritual springtime. As a strong point of biblical ministry, Lectio divina should therefore be increasingly encouraged.“ (Sept 2005 Address, 40th Anniv. of Dei Verbum)
  11. 11. Lectio Divina • Four rungs of the Monk’s Ladder to holiness (traditional) 1. Read (Lectio) – examine the details of the passage; ask who, what, when, where 2. Meditate (Meditatio) – reflect on the meaning of the text; ask why 3. Pray (Oratio) – converse with the Lord about the words in the passage 4. Contemplate (Contemplatio) – wordless prayer in which the mind and heart focus on God’s greatness and goodness
  12. 12. Lectio Divina • Vinyard Metaphor – Read: Pick grapes carefully so they’re not damaged. Work your way through the lines of text slowly and carefully, paying attention so you can pull out the choice bits: the images and so on – Meditate: Stomp on the grapes! Squeeze out every drop of meaning you can find. What stands out to you in the text – Pray: Allow the collected juice to ferment. Like prayer where the heart ponders the things you’ve meditated on, feelings bubble up in prayerful response to God – Contemplate: The wine has fermented and aged; it’s time to drink. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord
  13. 13. Practical Example 1 Peter 1:15-16 Become holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, after the likeness of the holy One who called you; remember, Scripture says, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
  14. 14. Step 5 – Divine Service (Operatio) • Divine Service : Bottle it up and ship it out! Put into practice a resolution to bring the wine of God’s word to fruitfulness in your life and in the world • Make a resolution to do something today to put into practice the inspiration received during Lectio Divina
  15. 15. How Can I Make a Change? • Make a plan and resolve to stick with it… Piety (Holiness): • Liturgy of the Hours: Invitatory, Office of Reading, Morning Prayer, Day Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer • Daily Mass or daily mass Scripture readings • Daily Rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy • Noon: Angelus/Regina Coeli • Weekly abstinence from meat on all Fridays • Monthly Confession • Annual retreat Study (Formation): • Lectio Divina: Read, Meditate, Pray, Contemplate • Catechism of the Catholic Church • Lives of the saints • Books from early Church father, saints, doctors of the Church • Writings from the Church Councils and popes • Writings from the diocesan bishop • Theology texts/classes/presentations Action (Evangelization): • Teach RCIA • Sponsor candidates for the sacraments (as needed) • Speak about Christ at work • Visibly live the life of Christ always • Internet apologetic discussions • Monday nights – faith sharing/apologetic discussions
  16. 16. How Can I Make a Change? Time (mm:ss) Source Scripture 3:25 Daily Mass Eph 2:12-2; Psalm 85:9ab-10, 11-12, 13-14; Luke 12:35-38 1:54 Invitatory Psalm 95 13:15 Office of Readings Psalm 10; Psalm 12; Esther 4:1-17; Matthew 5:44-45; Hebrews 11:33, 34, 39; Wisdom 3:5 11:10 Morning Prayer Psalm 24; Tobit 13:1-8; Psalm 33; Romans 13:11b,12-13a; Luke 1:68 – 79 (Benedictus); Matthew 6:9-13 (Lord’s Prayer) 6:17 Day Prayer Psalm 119: 1-8; Psalm 13; Psalm 14; Proverbs 3:13-15 9:08 Evening Prayer Psalm 20; Psalm 21:2-8, 14; Revelation 4:11; 5:9, 10, 12; 1 John 3:1a, 2; Luke 1:46-55 (Magnificat); Matthew 6:9-13 (Lord’s Prayer) 5:37 Night Prayer Psalm 143:1-11; 1 Peter 5:8-9a; Luke 2:29-32 (Canticle of Simeon) 50:46 Total Divine Office: http://divineoffice.org/ Praystation Portable: http://psp.libsyn.com/ Daily Scripture: http://www.usccb.org/nab/ • Lk 19:1 “Pray always without becoming weary”
  17. 17. About the Author Dr. Tim Gray is the President of the Augustine Institute, a dynamic new MA program in Sacred Scripture and Evangelization & Catechesis in Denver. He is also Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Catholic University of America. Dr. Gray is a partner with Jeff Cavins in The Great Adventure Bible Timeline series, the fastest growing Catholic Bible study program. A nationally renowned speaker, Dr. Gray has filmed numerous series for EWTN. Dr. Gray resides in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Kris and their son Joseph.
  18. 18. About the Author Dr. Edward Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), and he currently serves as the provost and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute Master’s program in Denver, Colorado. He also teaches as a visiting professor at Benedictine College, where he taught full-time for nine years. Edward holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He resides with his wife Elizabeth and their five children in Littleton, Colorado.
  19. 19. Questions?
  20. 20. Closing Prayer Luke 1:29 “[Mary] considered in her mind what sort of [Angelic] greeting this might be.” Luke 2:19 “Mary kept all these things, and pondered [them] in her heart.” Luke 2:51 “His mother kept all these things in her heart.”

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