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Lectio Divina Leading to Resting in God

Series: 
Love Matters
Week: 
6

Love Matters are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of the new series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posted every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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English Transcript: 

Remember that I was converted, you might say, to pursue contemplative prayer when I 
was about 17 during my first year at Yale University. So, I was reading books about 
contemplative prayer and Centering Prayer, as a term, didn't exist yet.  Whatever progress I had 
made was based on pursuing the traditional teachings about meditation, especially Lectio Divina, 
but Lectio Divina not as the separate method, but Lectio Divina leading to resting in God - that    
is to say, moving beyond the words and the thoughts about the words and the feelings that the 
thoughts gave rise to, to from time to time, resting in God which is my understanding of what 
Lectio Divina is supposed to do.  It's not spiritual reading.  It's a specific kind of way of reading 
that leads into interior silence and increasingly so, so that the other acts, how much you read, 
how much you think and reflect, how much you express your aspirations becomes briefer, and 
the silence becomes longer.

 

Spanish Transcript: 

La Lectio Divina conduce a descansar en Dios

Recuerda que me convertí, podríamos decir así, a la práctica de la oración contemplativa cuando tenía alrededor de 17 años, durante mi primer año en la universidad de Yale. Leía libros sobre la oración contemplativa, y el término "Oración Centrante" todavía no existía. Lo poco o mucho que había aprendido se basaba en seguir las técnicas tradicionales sobre meditación, especialmente la Lectio Divina, pero no como método separado, sino como Lectio Divina que lleva a descansar en Dios - es decir, que va más allá de las palabras, y los pensamientos acerca de las palabras, y los sentimientos que esos pensamientos hacen surgir en nosotros, para, cada tanto, descansar en Dios, que es lo que yo entiendo que la Lectio Divina debería hacer. No se trata de una lectura espiritual. Es una manera específica de leer que conduce al silencio interior, y esto va en aumento de tal modo que las otras acciones - cuánto leemos, cuánto pensamos y reflexionamos, cuánto expresamos nuestras aspiraciones - nos ocupan menos tiempo, y el silencio se vuelve más largo.

 

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God Is Love