Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lectio and Conversion

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

I was reading the other day a book that was talking about how God's Word is ever fruitful. He spreads it to everybody, but it's our duty to be open. It's our duty to be the good soil that helps it to bear fruit. And God will ever give it to us. The power of Lectio Divina. I think that really is the central part of our conversion as Benedictine Nuns.

The reason why scripture so often hold healing is because it so often holds the human condition. We see ourselves in the people presented to us in the Bible. And every time we read the same story, we can see ourselves in something different because we are at a different place each time. Lectio really uncovers the depths of our own being and God's love for us. How do we react when God pours His love on us and we feel like we have nothing to give? Do we simply accept that we're totally loved and rejoice? God gives us confidence and we have to be confident in His ability to change within us what needs healing. I think that's the power of it all. That's why it's so important to use the Word of God. His power is in that Word to bring all that is necessary to help us to constantly convert to the truth of who we are. God is calling us to the holiness within us.

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