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Lectio Divina Reading

February 11, 2004

2 Peter 3-11

By his divine power, he has lavished on us all the things we need for life and for true devotion, through the knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these, the greatest and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world though disordered passion. With this in view, do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding, understanding with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion, devotion with kindness to the brothers, and kindness to the brothers with love. The possession and growth of these qualities will prevent your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ from being ineffectual or unproductive. But without them, a person is blind or short sighted, forgetting how the sins of the past were washed away. Instead of this, brothers, never allow your choice or calling to waver; then there will be no danger of your stumbling, for in this way you will be given the generous gift of entry to the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Risk Everything

Die Before You Die

Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts of our body is death.
So beautiful appeared my death -- knowing who then I would kiss,
I died a thousand times before I died.
"Die before you die," said the Prophet Muhammad.
Have wings that feared ever touched the Sun?
I was born when all I once feared -- I could love.

Lenten Thoughts by Joan Chittister

V  Lent is not a "penitential season." It is a growing season. It requires us to determine what is worth dying for in our own lives and what it may be necessary for us to become if we really want to live.

V  Lent brings to mind the range of our roaming, it makes us assess the height to which we’ve climbed, the risk we’ve taken, the expense of the journey in energy and gain, and the value of growth for which we have expended ourselves.

Lectio Divina for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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