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Come Holy Spirit fill our hearts

Lord Jesus, You entrusted your Church with the mission to proclaim the Good News to all the nations. You sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen those who would bear the message of salvation. May that same Holy Spirit strengthen our faith and inspire us with words and deeds that, by our efforts, the men and women of our time will hear of You, will believe in You and will come to the beauty of knowing You.

Mary, Star of the New Evangelisation pray for us.

Reflections on prayer

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is an ancient method of prayer which has seen a recent revival within the Catholic Church across the world. ' Advocated by the Pope and promoted by Catholic World Youth Day the sole goal of Lectio Divina is to read Scripture prayerfully in God's presence with a desire to deepen our heart-to-heart intimacy with him. We let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants us to experience.

There are four movements within this method of prayer with a further fifth calling us to Action: Lectio (Reading): Following the reading of a passage of Scripture out loud, during the first stage we allow a phrase or word to speak to us from the text and then dwell on it. We try to listen deeply with the ear of our heart and so let the Word awaken within us.

Meditatio (Reflecting):

The second stage is one of quiet reflection on these words. We wait upon the Word of God, taking it into our very self and allowing it to speak to our thoughts, hopes, memories and desires. We may repeat the word or phrase, pondering it, and letting it speak to us. Through repetition, the Word penetrates more deeply into our very being. As we listen more attentively in the Spirit, we are opened to the deeper meaning of the text. Through the Holy Spirit, the Word begins to touch and affect us at the deepest level.

Oratio (Responding):

This next stage is one of spontaneous response to these reflections: affective prayer. In response to a new insight, one may feel silent emotions of love, praise, or gratitude. This is when our prayer moves from our mind to our hearts.

Contemplatio (Resting):

As we become more intimately attuned to the ground of our being, we move to the final stage of simply resting. Here, we are encouraged simply to be. The external Word of God in Scripture awakens within our deepest self and beyond, as we rest in the divine presence and silence, our mind quietened and our heart at peace.

Operatio (Responding in Action):

We take Lectio Divina into our everyday lives and put into action what God has inspired in us.

Our Invitation to You In this Year of Faith

Lectio Divina offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God in a new and deeper way and to carry the word of God into our daily lives as missionaries.

There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him." Benedict XVI

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