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Lectio Divina Season 6
"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 2012/13 series is The Year of Faith. This year's Lectio Divina will focus on the scriptural passages that highlight what is meant by being a witness to Christ, and how the many stories that make up our Catholic belief inspire us to have faith.
Below are temporary dates for the broadcast edition of Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins.
Sunday, September 23 - Abraham, Our Father in Faith (Genesis 15: 1-21)
Sunday, October 21 – Paul and Faith (Romans 4: 13 – 5:2)
Sunday, November 11 – James: Faith and Works (James 2: 14-26)
Sunday, December 9 – Faith and the Bread of Life (John 6: 26 – 51)
Sunday, January 20 – The Lack of Faith of Thomas (John 20: 19-31)
Sunday, February 10 – The Door of Faith (Acts 14: 8-28)
Sunday, March 10 – Hebrews (Hebrews 11: 1-22)
Sunday, April 21 – Paul and Preaching the Faith (Romans 10: 5-21)
Sunday, May 19 – Mary as Model of Faith: Annunciation and Visitation (Luke 1: 26-45)
Sunday, June 9 – Peter Walking on Water (Matthew 14: 22-34)
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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