Where My Heart Meets God’s Heart

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By Sister Mary Core, OSB

In the very center of Benedictine monastic life is the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading.” (Here’s how to practice it.)

Lectio – the reading, meditating on, praying with and allowing the Sacred Word of God to soak in – touches every aspect of the lives of all who practice it. Here’s why:

Done well, Lectio calls us to listen, to put our lives in balance, to evaluate how well we are doing, and to focus on who we are called to be and what we are called to do.

Lectio calls us to conversion, to be open to change – that we might grow closer to God, and become more Christ-like, each day.

For me, Lectio is the place where the heart of God meets my heart.

While I use Sacred Scripture every day in my Lectio to enter into a heart-to-heart conversation with my God, I am aware that all of life (nature, music, art, other people, good literature, etc.) provides possible forms of lectio – all opportunities to encounter the Divine and be changed.

Try it for yourself, and explore these questions:

What is the Word saying to you? Asking of you? Calling you to?

A “Motley Crew” at Prayer? Jesus is There Too!

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By Sister Mary Core, OSB

“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  (Matthew 18:19-20)

Jesus’ familiar words are a reminder that the power of our prayer is enhanced when we pray with others.

It happens when we share a blessing before a meal we are about to enjoy. Continue Reading

No more oatmeal bowls in the sink: Monastic life vs apartment life

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Sister Stefanie shares some thoughts about what Monastic Benedictine life has meant to her … and how it differs from life on her own.

What have you found to be most challenging about your new life?

Living with other people means I can’t let my oatmeal bowl sit in the sink till I get home from work in the afternoon! Continue Reading