Centering Prayer & Lectio Divina

During Lent

Prayer is a Gift From God  

You are cordially invited to receive the Lenten Gift of:

Centering Prayer & Lectio-Divina (praying with Scripture).

When? Four Evenings during Lent: Thursday, February 15 & Wednesdays, February 21/28 & March 7 at 7 pm
Where? The Blue Hills Collaborative Center 
Why? “Be Still and Know That I Am God” 
How? Facilitators: Sister Kathleen Short, CSJ, and CSJ Associate, Judy Swett. No registration required.


Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a popular method of meditation, placing a strong emphasis on interior silence. The modern Centering Prayer movement in Christianity started with several books published by three Trappist monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA in the 1970s: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. M. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating. 

The name was taken from Thomas Merton's description of contemplative prayer (a much older and more traditional practice) as prayer that is "centered entirely on the presence of God." In his book Contemplative Prayer, Merton writes "“Monastic prayer begins not so much with “considerations” as with a “return to the heart,” finding one’s deepest center, awakening the profound depths of our being.”


Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word, understanding what God wants the reader to know at that particular moment.

Traditionally, Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.


Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston

"Enflamed with the compassion of God, we Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, women of the Church, rooted in the Gospel, together with our Associates, are impelled by the active, inclusive love of God to: deepen our relationship with God and the dear neighbor without distinction; foster prophetic communion; and journey into the future with Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates throughout the world and with all God’s Creation."

In 2015, Kathleen Short, CSJ, was awarded the Humanitarian award from the Massachusetts Chapter of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Engraved on the award was, “AMTA Chapter Humanitarian award presented to Kathleen Short, “Love and compassionate necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” (a quote from the Dali Lama)

CSJ Associate Judy Swett is a board-certified Palliative Care Chaplain at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a parishioner of St. Pius X parish. 

 

 


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