Appendix: Two Approaches to Group Lectio Divina
Lectio on Life
Applying Lectio Divina to my personal Salvation History
Purpose: to apply a method of prayerful reflection to a life/work incident (instead of to a scripture passage)
Listening for the Gentle Touch of Christ the Word (The Literal Sense)
- Each person quiets the body and mind: relax, sit comfortably but alert, close eyes, attune to breathing...
- Each person gently reviews events, situations, sights, encounters that have happened since the beginning of the retreat/or during the last month at work.
Gently Ruminating, Reflecting (Meditatio - Meditation)
- Each person allows the self to focus on one such offering.
- Recollect the setting, sensory details, sequence of events, etc.
- Notice where the greatest energy seemed to be evoked. Was there a turning point or shift?
- In what ways did God seem to be present? To what extent was I aware then? Now?
Prayerful Consecration, Blessing (Oratio - Prayer)
- Use a word or phrase from the Scriptures to inwardly consecrate - to offer up to God in prayer - the incident and interior reflections. Allow God to accept and bless them as your gift.
Accepting Christ's Embrace; Silent Presence to the Lord (Contemplatio - Contemplation)
- Remain in silence for some period.
Sharing our Lectio Experience with Each Other (Operatio - Action; works)
- Leader calls the group back into "community."
- All share briefly (or remain in continuing silence).
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