Remembering and Resting ~ Practical Reminders
A Hebrew Catholic Perspective
In our explanation of “The Seven “R’s” of Lectio Divina”, we strongly encouraged everyone who possibly can, at least once a week, to take up the Sacred Texts for the coming Sunday and: Read, Reflect and Respond. These are the “Workshop phase” of Lectio Divina. That takes time and a particular application. Having done that, when you come to meditate each time thereafter, we recommend you spend a few moments in the Remember stage — recalling the word, phrase or thought which you felt brought you close to the Lord. It is normally sufficient then to take up stages 6 and 7 of the “Seven R’s,” and allow yourself to be drawn into restful communion with the Lord in stillness and silence. The following notes refer to this specific stage of your weekly meditation.
We are the Church, the Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a people of of prayer, keeping watch in the Biblical sense for the Return of our Messiah, and seeking the Kingdom of God above all else.
Scripture Meditation is a foundation for all our different forms of prayer such as praise, intercession, thanksgiving, petition etc. Each can arise from, or lead to the other, as we seek prayerful union with God.
It can be helpful to use a chosen place for our regular meditation, a special place to celebrate time with God: a room, a corner, a basement, or even a shed. You may even choose to designate part of your home as an “Oratory”: a place of prayer. (See our “An Oratory at Home“)
Early evening or morning before meals are two traditional times which Christians from earliest times have always valued. But you must identify the times suited to your circumstances.
We are encouraged to keep our daily or weekly pattern no matter how simple this is, nor how different it might be from the more common routines we often follow.
Prayer is a response to the Holy Spirit’s call. We will therefore find what is right for us. There is no need to strain. It is a time of rest with and in God. Start with a few minutes and increase as you feel confident.
Usually sitting upright allows us to be most alert and relaxed; but each of us will know what is appropriate. Christians do not seek to master the body but to pray with body, soul and spirit at rest and at one.
We are advised to let distractions come and go without allowing them to preoccupy us. They do not destroy the quality of our prayer despite how we may feel about them. Constantly choosing to return to God shows where our priorities lie.
We are warned not to compare our progress in prayer with others, nor to judge whether we are “improving”. Genuine growth is demonstrated more in our daily living than in what we think we ought to experience in our prayer time.
It is good for us to develop a personal format or routine to guide us into our prayer time with God, and then lead us back to our daily duties.
This web site can only offer some of the practical approaches which have stood the test of time. They form part of the traditional heritage of every Christian. Yet they have the capacity to help us reach forward into new situations with confidence and fresh vigour. Each person is encouraged to adapt what is offered to meet their own challenges.