Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hear Ye Him!


 
In their undivided attention to the Father's word: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17), and in their loving acceptance of that word, cloistered nuns are always “with Him on the holy mountain” (2 Pt 1:17-18). Fixing their gaze upon Christ Jesus, shrouded in the cloud of God's presence, they wholly cleave to the Lord...
 
The solitary cells, the closed cloister, are the place where the nun, bride of the Incarnate Word, lives wholly concentrated with Christ in God. The mystery of this communion is revealed to her to the extent that, docile to the Holy Spirit and enlivened by his gifts, she listens to the Son (cf. Mt 17:5), fixes her gaze upon his face (cf. 2 Cor 3:18), and allows herself to be conformed to his life, to the point of the supreme self-offering to the Father (cf. Phil 2:5 ff.), for the praise of his glory. (Verbi Sponsa)
 
“Free for God alone,” we the Dominican nuns spend two hours each day in private prayers and Lectio Divina after the example of our Holy Father St. Dominic who spoke always either with God or about God. 
 
You too can hear the voice of God's Beloved Son speaking to you and be interiorly renewed and more closely conformed to Christ by spending half an hour each day praying the Scriptures through the practice of Lectio Divina.  Here is the link to the online Bible: http://usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/index.cfm . You may wish to start out with meditating on the daily Mass readings where you will encounter the Living God and receive what He wants to give you.
 
 O God, who have commanded us to listen to your beloved Son,
be pleased, we pray, to nourish us inwardly by your word,
that, with spiritual sight made pure, we may rejoice to behold your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(From the Collect of the Second Sunday of Lent)
 
 
 


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