By: Mr. Jeffery Gardner, Guest Writer
Last month, we focused on God’s Divine Revelation to man that is done perfectly through his Son, Jesus Christ. The culmination of this revelation draws us ultimately into the interiority of the Trinitarian relationship of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit as found in Scripture, Tradition, the Sacraments and prayer. With Lent starting on March 1, 2017 we need to use this month to take a particular look at prayer as one of God’s forms of revelation.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 2558 tells us what St Therese of Lisieux said about prayer: “For me. Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” When we look at this quote we can understand that St Therese was, without a single doubt, capable of entering into what seems an almost unreachable depth of relationship with God in the prayer. One may hold that, “Well of course she could go to great depths in prayer, she was a saint!” But she did not start out a great saint. No, rather she started out as a person who realized that she could access God through, what she termed, the little way. That is, she did great acts of love for God in little ways, and one of those little ways was prayer that starts with the prayer of Meditation. St Therese spent an hour a day meditating on the word of God found in the Gospels.
Meditation is somewhat of a broad term so I will narrow it down to one type of meditation based on the Gospels called Lectio Divina(Latin of Divine Reading). Lectio Divina is a form of meditation by which you select a Gospel passage and read the passage several times and then meditate on any phrase, action or word that catches your attention. This will draw you into the life of Christ in the Gospels so that he can reveal himself to you.
Use Lectio Divina as your means to allow Jesus Christ to reveal himself to you this Lent. It is a wonderful ‘little way’ to spend time with our Lord so that you too can become the Saint that God designed you to be!