A Daily Spiritual Seed
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MESSAGE OF THE DAY
"Some people experience a measure of consolation (spiritual sweetness) almost always while others only rarely. But God in his great wisdom determines what is best for each one."
- Anonymous, "The Cloud of Unknowing"
(How much spiritual consolation is there in your life these days? Rest in the awareness that God is with you no matter how you feel.)
- see below for Benedictine method of praying with Scripture (Lectio Divina) -
Heb 1:1-6; Ps 97:1 and 2b, 6 and 7c, 9; Mk 1:14-20
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- from Praying the Daily Gospels ©
On Cleaving to God
- St. Albert the Great -
It is a matter of justice in fact that all your thoughts and thinking should be raised to God alone, and the highest point of your mind should only be directed to him as if nothing existed but him, and holding to him may enjoy the perfect beginning of the life to come.
- Chapter 10 -
Lectio Divina Method: Benedictine Approach
1. Relax. Settle in. Be aware that God is here, now, loving you.
2. Read a short passage of Scripture as though God were speaking directly to you in it.
3. Choose a phrase from the passage that strikes you and repeat it slowly, prayerfully, non-analytically.
4. When your heart is full, express to God the needs and sentiments awakened by your meditation. When you're done, read another passage and repeat steps 3 and 4.
5. If, at any time, you feel moved to simply be present to God in loving silence, put the Scripture aside and rest in God.
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