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Lectio Divina Reading

August 3, 2006

O God come to my assistance
O Lord make haste to help me

Psalm 51

1.  In your goodness, O God, have mercy on me;
with gentleness wipe away my faults.
Cleanse me of guilt;
free me from my sins.

2.  My faults are always before me;
my sins haunt my mind.
I have sinned against you and no other-
knowing that my actions were wrong in your eyes.

1.  Your judgment is what I deserve;
your sentence supremely fair.
As you know I was born in guilt,
from conception a sinner at heart.

2.  But you love true sincerity,
so you teach me the depths of wisdom.
Until I am clean, bathe me with hyssop;
wash me until I am whiter than snow.

1.  Infuse me with joy and gladness;
let these bones you have crushed dance for joy.
Please do not stare at my sins;
blot out all my guilt.

2.  Create a pure heart in me, O my God;
renew me with a steadfast spirit.
Don’t drive me away from your presence,
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

1.  Once more be my savior; revive my joy.
Strengthen and sharpen my still weak spirit.
And I will teach transgressors your ways;
then sinners will return to you, too.

2.  Release me from death, God my savior,
and I will announce your justice.
Open my lips, and my tongue will proclaim your glory.
Sacrifices give you no pleasure;
if I offered a holocaust, you would refuse it.

1.  My Sacrifice is this broken spirit.
You will not disdain a contrite and humbled heart.
Graciously show your favor to Zion;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

2.  Then there will be sacrifice to please you-
oblations and burnt offerings-
and young bulls to be offered on your altar.


Meditation

Ephesians 4:30-5:2

Brothers and sisters: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
The word of the Lord.

The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

Benedicta Ward, pg.33

107 One of the Fathers said, ‘If the interior man is watchful, he can preserve the exterior man also; if this is not the case, let us guard our tongue as much as we can.’

108 The same old man said, ‘Spiritual work is essential, it is for this we have come to the desert. It is very hard to teach with the mouth that which one does not practice in the body.

August Affirmations

(from the Daily Word)

Inner Peace

Immersed in the peace of God, I experience a tranquility of the soul.

Guidance

I listen to my inner voice and follow the infinite guidance of God.

Healing

The healing presence of God is revitalizing me. I am an expression of divine life.

Prosperity

With God as provider of all good, my life is filled with abundance.  

Lectio Divina for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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