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Lectio Divina   Season 7


" I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart (cf. Dei Verbum- n.25) If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church - I am convinced of it - a new spiritual springtime."
- Pope Benedict XVI , September 2005

Lectio Divina is not a catechesis or a teaching but it is a prayer, a divine reading, a personal encounter with God in Sacred Scripture.

Each episode begins with a glimpse of Cardinal Collins presiding over Vespers at St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Toronto. Lectio Divina follows immediately afterwards. In each session, Cardinal Collins slowly reads an excerpt from Scripture, offers a short reflection, and invites the congregation to quietly meditate on the passage. More than that, Lectio Divina is not intended to increase our intellectual knowledge of the Bible [though it also has that effect]; instead, it is intended to draw us closer to God, and to transform our attitudes and behaviour.

The theme for the 2013/14 series is The Gospel of Mark. This year's Lectio Divina will focus on the scriptural passages that highlight the miracles and teachings of Jesus as found in Mark’s Gospel.

Season 7, Episode 1: The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1: 1-20)
Season 7, Episode 2: Jesus Teaches and Heals (Mark 1: 21-45)
Season 7, Episode 3: Jesus Calls his Disciples (Mark 2: 1-28)
Season 7, Episode 4: The Crowds Follow Jesus (Mark 3: 1-19)
Season 7, Episode 5: Parables (Mark 3:20-4:20)
Season 7, Episode 6: The Calming of the Storm (Mark 4:21-41)
Season 7, Episode 7: The Gerasene Demonaic (Mark 5:1-20)
Season 7, Episode 8: The Daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-43)
Season 7, Episode 9: John the Baptist (Mark 6:1-29)
Season 7, Episode 10: Miracles (Mark 6:30-56)

Each broadcast begins at 9pm ET, with an encore presentation the following Thursday at 9pm ET.

** Please note that these are broadcast dates. For more information on Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins, including the Cathedral schedule, and archive of previous sessions, visit the Archdiocese of Toronto website.

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