The Catholic Church has a rich heritage of contemplative prayer that has become increasingly popular, while revitalizing the spiritual lives of many throughout the church. God is constantly drawing us close to him and prayer is the result of God’s constant invitation to us for a deeper intimacy with him. There now appears to be a ‘hunger of the heart’ that people feel for a personal relationship with the Lord. Thus, we are called to the contemplative path where our hunger can be satisfied by way of contemplative ‘resting in God”. We grow spiritually with each moment we spend with the Lord. Rather, God wants to spend time with us so He can remain in our hearts. To the extent that we allow ourselves to be moved by God’s in-dwelling Presence in us, we come to experience the Christ life through contemplation of His Divine Word. Using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina – a slow, contemplative, attentive and prayerful pondering of Sacred Scripture, we are led to “hear God’s Word as it speaks to us personally, here and now and bringing about an encounter with Christ, the living Word of God.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
The practice of Lectio Divina has no other goal than spending time with God through the medium of His Word. “We need to treat the Word of God as if it is a person – not as a problem to solve or a code to decipher; the Word of God is a Presence – Someone to get close to. When we love someone, our desire to get to know that person better never ends. Relish the richness of God’s Word with the same desire.” (Magnificat, Vol 13, #5, July 2011). This being said, the Ministry will employ this method both as a private and as a group exercise.
Not everyone can or should live as a hermit. But no Christian can do without an ‘inner hermitage’ where God can be encountered. The hermitage is a place apart, a desert where a person comes to face-to-face with his true self, and in that meeting discovers God. It is a place of silence, of fear and fascination, of anguish and grace.
What did Jesus do in solitude? He contemplated. His whole soul was before God. The beatific light bathed his mind; his will burned with charity.
Let the desire to be with God goad you as often and intensely as it may. The trail you are following has no end except in God. Be generous. The Master himself will draw near to you.
Come and join us to contemplate and pray the Scriptures thru the practice of Lectio Divina. Wemeet every Monday at Duffy Westfrom 7:00 to 8:00 PM.
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me! Let anyone who believes in me, come and drink!” (John 7:37-39). “From his heart shall flow streams of living water.”
24 hour adoration the 7th of each month
Wednesday 6:30pm (English)
First Friday 6:30pm (Vietnamese)
Weekdays after the 8:30am Mass
Saturdays after the 8:00am Mass