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Lectio Divina Reading

February 8, 2007

Jeremiah 31:10-4

Hear the word of God, O nations, proclaim it on distant coasts and say: God who scattered Israel, now gathers them together, and guards them as shepherds guard their flocks.

God will ransom the chosen people and redeem them from the hands of their conquerors.

Shouting they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall come streaming to Godís blessings: the grain, the wine and the oil,-the sheep and the oxen; they themselves shall be like watered gardens, never again shall they languish.

Then the young shall make merry and dance, old men and women as well. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows. I will lavish choice portions upon them, and my people shall be filled with my blessings, says our God.

Reading:

It is with the moral infirmities we may see in one another-our defects of character or temperament, our faults, our failings-that I think we should try to be watchful to exercise charity in thought, word and deed. It is so easy and so natural to criticize; yet we cannot do so even interiorly without detriment to our soul. Such thoughts consented to, certainly retard our progress in the perfection of charity, it they do not offend God.
Mother Aloysius Rogers, OCD

I invite you to pray the following prayer that invokes the Holy Spirit of the LORD:

Come, Holy Spirit, come, Pour the living water of Your presence
on the thirsty ground of my heart.

Make rivers of living water flow
on the barren heights of my soul,
and springs will up within all its valleys.

I would receive power, Lord Jesus Christ, to be your witness
at home and throughout the earth.
Be Thou in me the fountain of living water,
springing up unto everlasting life. AMEN

Closing Prayer

Canticle of Mary

My Soul proclaims your greatness, O my God,
and my spirit has rejoiced in you, my Saviour,

For your regard has blessed me,
poor and a serving woman.

From this day all generations
will call me blessed,
For you who are mighty, have made me great.
Most Holy be your Name.

Your mercy is on those who fear you
throughout all generations.

You have shown strength with your arm,
You have scattered the proud in their heartsí fantasy.

You have put down the mighty from their seat,
and have lifted up the powerless.

You have filled the hungry with good things,
and have sent the rich away empty.

You, remembering your mercy,
have helped your people Israel,
As you promised Abraham and Sarah,
Mercy to their children, forever.

Glory to source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
AMEN

Through the Night

Through the night your angels kept
Watch be-side us while we slept;
Now the dark- has passed away,
Thank you, God, for this- new day.
North and south and east and west
May your ho-ly Name be blessed;
Everywhere- beneath the sun,
As in heav'n, your will- be done.

Give us food that we may live;
Every thoughtlessness please forgive;
Keep all e-vil things away
From your people here- today.

Lectio Divina for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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