A Lenten Journey

Daily Virtue is going to take a break from our regular daily scripture readings and reflections to focus on Lent. The Daughters of Saint Paul, over the next six weeks, will provide a daily Gospel reading with reflections that are based on the beautiful ‘holy reading’ (Lectio Divina), which is a way of praying with Scripture. T, Lenten Grace: Daily Gospel ReflectionsMany methods of doing this have developed since the time of early monasticism.In this beautiful four-step process, the simple framework allows the Word of God to make room in our minds and hearts.

The first step, Lectio (“reading”), is to read the day’s Gospel passage from a missal or Bible. Read it a few times slowly, perhaps especially noticing the phrase or verse that is listed under the Meditatio section.

Next, the Meditatio (“meditation”) expands the meaning of this phrase and explores what it is saying to us today—what God is asking of us, or challenging us to, or offering to us. After reading the meditation, take as much time as you like to reflect on it.

The Oratio (“prayer”) can help you talk to God about what has arisen in your heart, so that the time of prayer becomes a conversation, not just a time to think. God has spoken in the Scripture. We hear the invitation in our meditation, but now a response is called for. Our response is not just to say, “Yes, I want to do as you are asking me,” but also to say, “Help me do it, Lord!”

The short line under Contemplatio (“contemplation”) is a way of extending this time of prayer into life. You can silently repeat it throughout the day to help deepen the intimacy with the Lord that you experienced in prayer.

May your Lent be grace-filled and abundantly blessed!

 

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