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"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.

Season 10: The Freedom of the Kingdom of God
The theme for the 2016/17 series is The Freedom of the Kingdom of God. This year’s Lectio Divina will meditate on 9 passages of Sacred Scripture, from both the Old and New Testament, which illuminate the slavery we experience in the human struggle with temptation and sin, and which show the way to freedom which comes from God through the grace of repentance and the joyful coming of his kingdom.

Here are the airdates for the season:

October 9, 2016 Episode 1
Temptation in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-15)
November 13, 2016 Episode 2
The Law that Guides Us (Exodus 20:1-20)
December 11, 2016 Episode 3
The Great Prayer of Repentance (Psalm 51)
January 15, 2017 Episode 4
The Reluctant Prophet of Repentance (Jonah 3:1-4:11)
February 19, 2017 Episode 5
Merciless and Merciful (Matthew 18:15-35)
March 12, 2017 Episode 6
The Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25: 31-46)
April 9, 2017 Episode 7
The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
May 14, 2017 Episode 8
The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
June 11, 2017 Episode 9
New Life in Christ (Romans 12:1-21; 13:11-14)

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** 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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