Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins  Season 6: The Reflections on the Year of Faith

" 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 Reflections on the Year of Faith.

Season 6
September 9, 2012 Episode 1: Abraham, Our Father in Faith (Genesis 15:1 - 21)
October 14, 2012 Episode 2: Paul and Faith (Romans 4:13 - 5:2)
November 4, 2012 Episode 3: James: Faith and Works (James 2:14 - 26)
December 2, 2012 Episode 4: Faith and the Bread of Life (John 6:26 - 51)
January 13, 2013 Episode 5: The Lack of Faith of Thomas (John 20:19 - 31)
February 3, 2013 Episode 6: The Door of Faith (Acts: 14: 8 - 28)
March 3, 2013   cancelled due to conclave
April 14, 2013 Episode 7: Paul and Preaching the Faith (Romans 10:5 - 21)
May 12, 2013 Episode 8: Mary as Model of Faith: Annunciation and Visitation (Luke 1: 26 - 45)
June 2, 2013 Episode 9: Peter Walking on Water (Matthew 14:22 - 34)

** 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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