Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Come near, but not too near

As part of my reading for Lent, I'm following Maggi's Giving it up - which not surprisingly is a great accompaniment. Today she reflects on Moses and the Burning Bush. I particularly appreciated this comment:
Without detracting from the fact that love is the very essence of God, we need to take infinite care not to domesticate God, not to clothe our idea of God with our own preferences and our own wishes. As soon as we cease to be surprised and disturbed by the infinite, we have made our expectations too small, and once again we will need to be both called by name and held back by transcendence.
'Called by name and held back by transcendence' - that's a thought to stay with.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Lectio Divina

Last week, meeting with a group of newly accredited ministers, Mary spoke to us about Lectio Divina. It was a stimulating session, which culminated in an experience of:

  • reading receptively
  • meditating reflectively
  • prayerfully responding
  • contemplatively resting
I loved the quote with which she began:
'We read under the eye of God until the heart is touched and leaps to flame'.  (Abbot Marmion, Sixth Century Benedictine)