The best way to know what Lectio Divina is like is to experience it personally, especially with someone who has been practicing being led by the Spirit in this approach. Copyright InformationYou may use and share with others any of the Soul Shepherding articles written by Bill or Kristi Gaultiere. All we ask is that you seek to bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Author of anything we've written that's of lasting value. On a sabbath Jesus went to dineat the home of one of the leading Pharisees,and the people there were observing him carefully.
Alleluia, alleluia!If anyone loves me he will keep my word,and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.Alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia!Shoulder my yoke and learn from me,says the Lord,for I am gentle and humble in heart.Alleluia!
On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei)[Catholic Caucus]Year of Faith: Does God Command Evil Actions in the Bible? We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry. Hail Mary Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us(Seven times each) Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Let Us Pray.Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love--- sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys,in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary. However, since it is called a parable, it must have some other interpretation besides the literal one.
He who praises himself for his own wisdom is nothing but a fool in the eyes of God, because no matter how great man’s wisdom is, God is absolute wisdom. Mark 10:43 Whoever would be great among you must be the servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
A great set of backgrounds for explaining spiritual disciplines and how and why to have a devotional time with God every day. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
25 You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.
15 And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you.
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Perhaps the next best thing is for me to share with you a sample Lectio Divina from my journal.
The contemplative side of you wants to see me relaxing all day and the activist in you wants to see my accomplishing great work. At the synagogue and at Peter’s mother-in-law’s house I responded to the needs of the people, teaching and healing. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of SorrowsO, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed.
That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.Persecuted Christians. When someone is particularly talented or skilled but conducts themselves with humility, we tend to have even greater admiration for them.
A sensible man should consider that no matter how much he learns, he will always be very far from the wisdom of God.
Fear of God is a doctrine that has been washed out throughout the ages, because of the pride of man who wants to make himself equal to God.
I the King of Kings humbled myself to the point of becoming a man and giving up my life for your sake.
You must start by being humble before men, so that by this great virtue you may overcome the pride that is in you. Charles PopeIn the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for makes a person truly great. Is it those at the “Head table?” It is those on the red rug and behind the rope line? 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. But after my solitude and silence when I re-engage my work it I want to do so without hurry or anxiousness, but led by you in your peace. It’s an easy Sabbath rhythm of being with the Father continually — resting in his love and responding with his love to the needs of people.
He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]4. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. O, Lady, it is not to thee, who art innocent, that sufferings are due, but to me, who am guilty of so many crimes. That Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ's love.
God is not respecter of persons because He is the creator and the Supreme Being, the cause of all things. I never expected homage, I never took advantage of my power and I never boasted of being the Son of God.
The humble man is afraid of offending God because he appreciates the greatness of his maker.
As you may imagine, what the world thinks of as great and honorable is rather different that what God thinks and sees. Wilson did not become president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists until 2010.
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. Like yesterday I slipped out of your easy yoke and got caught up in the press of trying to respond to all my e-mails from people and get all my desk work done.
Look at the ways the Father cared for me and how I, with him, cared for the people near me. I got up early and enjoyed quiet solitude with the Father, pouring out my heart to him and listening to his voice. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request, For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy, who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears?
With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please Our Lord to send me.
BridgetO Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! But since thou hast been pleased to suffer so much for me, by thy merits, obtain me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits; for I have often deserved Hell. Every day the Lord makes a wedding feast, for every day he unites faithful souls to himself.
He follows the lesson of John the Baptist, which is to diminish before the Lord in order to appreciate his greatness. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us. Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart; remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that: every thought of my mind and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee.
Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and completed his doctoral work at Oxford in physics.
11 Because every one that exalts himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbles himself, shall be exalted. THE PERSON who HONORS - The Lord is at a banquet and notices how people vie for seats of honor. Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy Divine Son, Jesus; keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in Heaven and sing thy glories. I thank thee for the unspeakable love which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Over the years, he has helped pioneer new studies in field of physics while teaching at a leading university in the United States. He gives the following teaching: When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor.
33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.
O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son. Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy Divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never ending joy at His triumph, obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the Sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son, that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I taught my apostles and I want to teach you as well to lose the high opinion you have of yourselves and consider my opinion first. This is of course most common in our culture at wedding receptions where seats are determined and assigned by the couple ahead of time.
For someone to walk in and sit at the head table reserved for the wedding party is both rude and pompous.
Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priestsThis icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest. The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. What comes across instead is his interest in your life and his love of God, family and Church.
Some go through life resentful that they are not as rich as others, or as powerful, or as advantaged. God chose to break through the barriers of time and space and unite Himself with our humanity in an immensely humble act. He was kept warm by His mother and foster father, with the assistance of the farm animals whose feeding trough he borrowed for a crib.
The Son of God allowed Himself to go through a mockery of a trial admitting that He could have called upon legions of angels to protect Him and fight for Him if it had been the Father’s will.
Finally, Jesus, the totally innocent One, surrendered His life to the Father while being crucified between two criminals, a punishment given only to the most serious public offenders.
Since humility is so important, it makes sense that it would be praised in the Old Testament as well.
THE PARADOX of HONORS– Now another thing to note about this Gospel is that Jesus was noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. This wise author notes the attractiveness of humility and how it is a gift pleasing to the Lord. Jesus preaches about the virtue of humility in Luke 14 by describing how it influences our motivations and actions at a banquet. The wisdom of the Scriptures, the jaw-dropping example of Jesus, and the powerful testimony of a serious Christian invite us to seek, pray for and cherish the gift of a truly humble heart. Peterson is assistant chaplain at Marymount University in Arlington and director of the Youth Apostles Institute in McLean.

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