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A Way of Praying with Sacred Scripture © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
Lectio Divina A way to nourish our relationship with God… Corresponds to a human relationship… We come defenseless and rea...
A RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPS BY A PROCESS OF GROWING INTIMACY   <ul><li>With Another Person </li></ul><ul><li>Acquaintance </li...
<ul><li>We read… </li></ul>Lectio Divina:    The Art of Sacred Reading <ul><li>Under the eye of God…   </li></ul><ul><li>U...
we read… <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listening to the  Word of God   </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>1 st  Moment:   Lectio God ...
<ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learning to be Silent </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Listening to the Word </li></ul><ul><li>Being R...
<ul><li>2nd Moment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meditatio </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>we ponder…  <ul><li>Reflectin...
<ul><li>Reflecting on the Word… </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing the Word to  Penetrate </li></ul><ul><li>Letting the Word speak...
until our hearts are  touched... <ul><li>Responding to  the Word of God   </li></ul>3 rd  Moment:   Oratio The Word…that g...
<ul><li>Being Open… </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to the text… </li></ul>Being touched… © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
<ul><li>Resting in God… </li></ul>4 th  Moment:  Contemplatio until our hearts  leap to flame... Taken into the Divine Pre...
<ul><li>Repeating the word… </li></ul><ul><li>Resting  in God’s embrace… </li></ul><ul><li>Letting self become silent… </l...
  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not in...
Sharing & Responses
  Becoming a  Word of God 5 th  Moment: © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
We are the reeds of God <ul><li>We are emptiness like the hollow in the reed, the narrow rift less  </li></ul><ul><li>empt...
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Lectio Divina (Praying with Sacred Scripture)

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This is a live presentation given at the 2009 Annual Conference of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. on September 9, 2009 to introduce participants to the practice of Lectio Divina (Praying with Sacred Scripture).

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Lectio Divina (Praying with Sacred Scripture)

  1. 1. A Way of Praying with Sacred Scripture © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  2. 2. Lectio Divina A way to nourish our relationship with God… Corresponds to a human relationship… We come defenseless and ready to be influenced… © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  3. 3. A RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPS BY A PROCESS OF GROWING INTIMACY <ul><li>With Another Person </li></ul><ul><li>Acquaintance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Friendliness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-Disclosure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Friendship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faithfulness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intimacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared Joy & Suffering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence & Gratitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-Surrender </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience of Oneness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>With Christ (Through Scripture) </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>the Word of God in Scripture with increased attentiveness as an encounter with Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting (Pondering) </li></ul><ul><li>on the Word of God in Scripture as a basis for a conversation with Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Responding </li></ul><ul><li>Spontaneous acts of love, adoration, petition, sorrow, thanks . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Resting in God </li></ul><ul><li>Openness to receive God’s presence and action in our prayer </li></ul>© 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  4. 4. <ul><li>We read… </li></ul>Lectio Divina: The Art of Sacred Reading <ul><li>Under the eye of God… </li></ul><ul><li>Until our hearts are touched... </li></ul><ul><li>And leap to flame... </li></ul>Lectio Meditatio Oratio Contemplatio © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  5. 5. we read… <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listening to the Word of God </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>1 st Moment: Lectio God comes in the whispering sound… 1 Kings 19:12 © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  6. 6. <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learning to be Silent </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Listening to the Word </li></ul><ul><li>Being Receptive to the Word of God </li></ul>Reading the Word… © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  7. 7. <ul><li>2nd Moment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meditatio </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>we ponder… <ul><li>Reflecting on the Word of God… </li></ul>Mary pondered all these words in her heart… Luke 2: 19 © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  8. 8. <ul><li>Reflecting on the Word… </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing the Word to Penetrate </li></ul><ul><li>Letting the Word speak… </li></ul><ul><li>Repeating the Word… </li></ul>Pondering… © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  9. 9. until our hearts are touched... <ul><li>Responding to the Word of God </li></ul>3 rd Moment: Oratio The Word…that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty. Is. 55:10 © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  10. 10. <ul><li>Being Open… </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to the text… </li></ul>Being touched… © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  11. 11. <ul><li>Resting in God… </li></ul>4 th Moment: Contemplatio until our hearts leap to flame... Taken into the Divine Presence… Hebrews 9-10 © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  12. 12. <ul><li>Repeating the word… </li></ul><ul><li>Resting in God’s embrace… </li></ul><ul><li>Letting self become silent… </li></ul>Being with… © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  13. 13. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
  14. 14. Sharing & Responses
  15. 15. Becoming a Word of God 5 th Moment: © 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD
  16. 16. We are the reeds of God <ul><li>We are emptiness like the hollow in the reed, the narrow rift less </li></ul><ul><li>emptiness which can have only one destiny: </li></ul><ul><li>to receive the piper’s breath and </li></ul><ul><li>to utter the song that is in the piper’s heart. </li></ul><ul><li>We are emptiness like the hollow in the cup, </li></ul><ul><li>shaped to receive water. </li></ul><ul><li>We are emptiness like that of a bird’s nest. </li></ul><ul><li>The reed grows by the streams. </li></ul><ul><li> It is the simplest of things, but </li></ul><ul><li> it must be cut by the sharp knife, </li></ul><ul><li> hollowed out, stops put in it. </li></ul><ul><li>It must be shaped and pierced before </li></ul><ul><li> it can utter the shepherd’s song. </li></ul><ul><li>It is the narrowest emptiness in the world, </li></ul><ul><li> but the little reed utter God’s infinite music. </li></ul><ul><li>We are lifted up and carved out, </li></ul><ul><li>formed and shaped and filled with all the music of the earth. </li></ul>© 2009 Contemplative Outreach, LTD

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