Lectio Divina

modelo clip image002 0000      Throughout its journey, the Church, following in the footsteps of the people of Israel, has listened to the Word of God and has learned to read it in different contexts in order to discover God’s will for each historic moment. This long process of apprenticeship has crystallized in a form of reading the Word which was very early on (from the early 3rd century) called Lectio divina.

      With the birth of monasticism, LD became the privileged way of spirituality. It became systematized among the monks. A 12th-century Carthusian left us the stages of this way of reading the Word, which nourished the faith of whole generations of Christians until the 14th century, when the disputes of late Scholasticism opened the way to other, more introspective, kinds of prayer (mental prayer, Ignatian meditation...). Vatican II proposed LD as a privileged form of continual and prayerful contact with Sacred Scripture (DV 25), not only for priests (PO 18) or religious (PC 6), but for all the laity (AA 4). Our congregation also recommends its practice (SW 21.2).

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Biblical Formation of a Claretian

lectio2To be Formed by the Word to serve the Word

“The ministry of the word, through which we communicate the total mystery of Christ to humanity, is our special calling among the people of God”. (CC 46)

      It is through his contact with the Word of God that Claret came to have a deeper awareness of his vocation. It is the word of God that kept him burning with his apostolic zeal. He states:

“But what moved and stimulated me most was reading the Holy Bible, to which I have always been very strongly attracted” (Aut 113). “In many passages of the Bible I felt the voice of God calling me to go forth and preach” (Aut 120).

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