Praying with Lectio Divina before or after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Feb 27, 2018

Lent is a great time to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  There will be many opportunities in the Collaborative. 

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Please consider the ancient practice of Lectio Divina as part of your sacramental experience.

Praying with Lectio Divina before or after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation

One way to prepare for, or to give thanks for, receiving the sacrament of reconciliation is to pray using Lectio Divina. This is a form of prayer that involves a reflective reading of a short Scripture passage where the reader/penitent seeks to deepen his/her relationship with the Lord by:

first, thoughtfully reading and considering the meaning of the passage;

second, carefully discerning how the passage relates to his/her life;

third, humbly conversing with the Lord in response to His inspired words in the passage; and,

fourth, quietly spending time with the Lord in the silence of one’s grateful heart.

The amount of time spent in each of the four steps listed above is determined by the one who is praying. Whether one chooses to pray this way with the Scripture passage below before or after receiving the sacrament is his/her choice.

 Scripture passage:  Psalm 51: 3-14

Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love;
    in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions.
Thoroughly wash away my guilt;
    and from my sin cleanse me.
For I know my transgressions;
    my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone have I sinned;
    I have done what is evil in your eyes

11 Turn away your face from my sins;
    blot out all my iniquities.
12 A clean heart create for me, God;
    renew within me a steadfast spirit.
13 Do not drive me from before your face,
    nor take from me your holy spirit.
14 Restore to me the gladness of your salvation;
    uphold me with a willing spirit.

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