Praying the Scriptures    for a ChangeChanging our lives to meet Jesus
Opening Prayer       1 Peter 1:15-16Become holy yourselves in everyaspect of your conduct, after the  likeness of the holy...
Overview• Why Change?             • Practical Example• Metanoia                • Step 5 – Divine• Exercise for the Soul   ...
Why Change?• Universal hunger for happiness• Prevailing worldview regarding happiness  – Play song: Rockstar by Nickelback...
Metanoia• Metanoia – change of heart; interior penance• John 16:8-9  – “[The Holy Spirit will] convince the world concerni...
Exercise our Souls• “I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after  preaching to others I myself should be  disqualified.” – ...
Climbing a Sycamore Tree• Luke 19:1-6  – God does not require our deservedness to    receive his heavenly gifts  – But…He ...
Road to Emmaus• Luke 24:13-32, 35  – Jesus himself drew near and went with them  – Their eyes were kept from recognizing H...
Ancient Path• Jerimiah 6:16  – Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and    look, and ask for the ancient paths, where t...
Ancient Path• Pope Benedict XVI:  – "I would like in particular to recall and recommend the    ancient tradition of Lectio...
Lectio Divina• Four rungs of the Monk’s Ladder to  holiness (traditional)  1. Read (Lectio) – examine the details of the  ...
Lectio Divina• Vinyard Metaphor  – Read: Pick grapes carefully so they’re not damaged.    Work your way through the lines ...
Practical Example       1 Peter 1:15-16Become holy yourselves in everyaspect of your conduct, after the  likeness of the h...
Step 5 – Divine Service            (Operatio)• Divine Service : Bottle it up and ship it  out! Put into practice a resolut...
How Can I Make a Change?  • Make a plan and resolve to stick with it…Piety (Holiness):             Study (Formation):     ...
How Can I Make a Change?• Lk 19:1 “Pray always without becoming weary”                  Divine Office: http://divineoffice...
About the AuthorDr. Tim Gray is the President of theAugustine Institute, a dynamic new MAprogram in Sacred Scripture andEv...
About the AuthorDr. Edward Sri is a founding leader withCurtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship ofCatholic University Students)...
Questions?
Closing Prayer Luke 1:29 “[Mary] considered in her mind  what sort of [Angelic] greeting this might                   be.”...
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  1. 1. Praying the Scriptures for a ChangeChanging our lives to meet Jesus
  2. 2. Opening Prayer 1 Peter 1:15-16Become holy yourselves in everyaspect of your conduct, after the likeness of the holy One whocalled you; remember, Scripture says, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
  3. 3. Overview• Why Change? • Practical Example• Metanoia • Step 5 – Divine• Exercise for the Soul Service (Operatio)• Climbing a Sycamore • How Can I Make a Tree Change?• Road to Emmaus• Ancient Path• Lectio Divina
  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 Gods 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 (5 th 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 1:15-16Become holy yourselves in everyaspect of your conduct, after the likeness of the holy One whocalled 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): Study (Formation): Action (Evangelization): • Liturgy of the Hours: • Lectio Divina: Read, • Teach RCIA Invitatory, Office of Meditate, Pray, • Sponsor candidates for Reading, Morning Contemplate the sacraments (as Prayer, Day Prayer, • Catechism of the Catholic needed) Evening Prayer, Night Church • Speak about Christ at Prayer • Lives of the saints work • Daily Mass or daily mass • Books from early Church • Visibly live the life of Scripture readings father, saints, doctors of Christ always • Daily Rosary or Chaplet the Church • Internet apologetic of Divine Mercy • Writings from the Church discussions • Noon: Angelus/Regina Councils and popes • Monday nights – faith Coeli • Writings from the sharing/apologetic • Weekly abstinence from diocesan bishop discussions meat on all Fridays • Theology • Monthly Confession texts/classes/presentations • Annual retreat
  16. 16. How Can I Make a Change?• Lk 19:1 “Pray always without becoming weary” Divine Office: http://divineoffice.org/ Praystation Portable: http://psp.libsyn.com/ Daily Scripture: http://www.usccb.org/nab/ Time Source Scripture (mm:ss) 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 Psalm 10; Psalm 12; Esther 4:1-17; Matthew 5:44-45; Readings 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
  17. 17. About the AuthorDr. Tim Gray is the President of theAugustine Institute, a dynamic new MAprogram in Sacred Scripture andEvangelization & Catechesis in Denver. He isalso Professor of Sacred Scripture at St.John Vianney Theological Seminary. Heholds a PhD in Biblical Studies from CatholicUniversity of America. Dr. Gray is a partnerwith Jeff Cavins in The Great Adventure BibleTimeline series, the fastest growing CatholicBible study program. A nationally renownedspeaker, Dr. Gray has filmed numerousseries for EWTN. Dr. Gray resides inLittleton, Colorado with his wife Kris and theirson Joseph.
  18. 18. About the AuthorDr. Edward Sri is a founding leader withCurtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship ofCatholic University Students), and hecurrently serves as the provost and professorof theology and Scripture at the AugustineInstitute Master’s program in Denver,Colorado. He also teaches as a visitingprofessor at Benedictine College, where hetaught full-time for nine years. Edward holdsa doctorate from the Pontifical University ofSt. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He resideswith his wife Elizabeth and their five childrenin 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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