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Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins   Season 8: The Gospel of Mark - Year II

     
  
" 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 2014/15 series is The Gospel of Mark, Year II. This year's Lectio Divina will pick up where Season 7 left off, contemplating Mark chapters 7-11 throughout the course of the year. Here are the airdates for the upcoming season:

Season 8
September 14, 2014 Episode 1: Disputes with the Pharisees (Mark 7:1-23)
October 12, 2014 Episode 2: Relieving sickness and hunger (Mark 7:24 - 8:10)
November 9, 2014 Episode 3: "Do you still not understand?" (Mark 8:11-33)
December 14, 2014 Episode 4: Transfiguration (Mark 8:34 - 9:13)
January 18, 2015 Episode 5: "I believe; help my unbelief" (Mark 9:14-29)
February 8, 2015 Episode 6: Discipleship (Mark 9:30 -50)
March 8, 2015 Episode 7: Marriage and Children (Mark 10:1-16)
April 19, 2015 Episode 8: Leaving everything (Mark 10:17-31)
May 10, 2015 Episode 9: On the road to Jerusalem (Mark 10:32-52)
June 14, 2015 Episode 10: Hosanna (Mark 11:1-25)

Click here to catch up on the previous season of The Gospel of Mark (Chapters 1 - 6)

** 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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