Listening to the Word of God and putting it into practice is known as Lectio Divina. It provides by far the most powerful boost to our Spiritual Life. “If Lectio Divina is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.” (Pope Benedict)
This course encourages us to draw closer to the Lord in a very real way through:
- practical advice on how to listen to Jesus with the support of graphic illustrations.
- guided and commented practice.
- learning to discern with greater certainty when it is Jesus who speaks and not us.
- understanding temptations to flee from the practice and learning to overcome them.
- workshops, questions and answers.
Despite considerable efforts to practise it, plus the variety of methods on offer, many faithful feel that they are unsuccessful in listening to the Lord, and are often unsure if it is He who has spoken. For Lectio Divina to succeed and be sustainable in the future, it has to be taught and the practicalities and difficulties dealt with through questions.
With the reform of the Lectionary by the Council of Vatican II, “easier access to the Scriptures” has been “provided to all the Christian faithful” (Dei Verbum, 22). Through Missals, Monthly Publications, Liturgical Calendars, Websites and Applications, access to daily readings of the Mass, to prayer and listening to the Lord has been facilitated – an important grace for our times.
Who might find the course useful?
The course is for all of us who would like to deepen their practice of Lectio Divina, or just want to learn how to listen to the Lord.
As with all School of Mary courses, the Patroness of the Course is Our Lady, the Mother of Jesus. The content of the course has received the approval and blessing of H.E. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark.
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