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Pope Benedict XVI – On Lectio Divina “I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading.

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2 Pope Benedict XVI – On Lectio Divina “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.”

3 How I am different today How I was Key blessing/ grace/ moment of conversion Elements of a 3-Minute Testimony

4 Contemplatio (Receive) Lectio (Read) Meditatio (Notice, Reflect) Oratio (Speak to God) Lectio Divina

5 Pay attention & Meditate on what grabs your attention Read Slowly, repeatedly Notice when something grabs your attention Lectio

6 What do you sense God is saying to you? Ponder the word or verse that grabbed your attention. What truth strikes you in this word? How does that truth impact your life? Meditatio What thoughts, feelings, desires, memories are evoked for you? Are any questions stirred in your mind?

7 Tell God all about it. Talk to God about what you notice, think feel want or remember. Be honest, be transparent, don’t filter. What do you want to say to God? Oratio

8 If / when the felt experience passes, return to reading the passage When you sense God’ presence, power, or love, when you feel peace, joy, gratitude, delight, light, relief, rest etc, simply pause and soak it in Be still, be quiet, savor This is a gift, receive it Contemplatio

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10 P: Pray, Praise, Pause W: Write R: Reflect A: Apply W.R.A.P

11 P: Pray, Praise, Pause = Oratio and Contemplatio W: Write = Lectio R: Reflect = Meditatio A: Apply = More Meditatio WRAP is Lectio “by the numbers”

12 Bothers you Write down a word, verse or verses that: Grabs your attention Inspires you W = Write (Lectio) Speaks to your heart

13 What feeling, thoughts, questions, desires, or memories are stirred in you? In the word or verse you have written down reflect: What truth, principle is being communicated? What is God saying to you R = Reflect (Meditatio I) Write down your reflections/ how you are moved.

14 How does this word speak to your life? How does/ can this truth make a difference in the real situations of your life? How can you apply what God is saying to you in your life beginning today? A = Apply (Meditatio II) Write down the applications that come to mind. Be concrete, specific.

15 Write a prayer to God Tell Him what you are experiencing as you take this time with His Word. Tell Him your thoughts, feelings, desires, and memories, ask Him your questions. P= Pray, Praise Pause (Oratio & Contemplatio) Pray the verses back to God in your own words.

16 Pray from your heart words of thanks and praise to God When done writing your prayer, pause: P= Pray, Praise Pause (Oratio & Contemplatio) Rest in His presence Let Him love you Receive grace and strength

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18 1 st Time: Gently return to the passage 2 nd Time: Tell God about the distraction, and the thoughts feelings and desires that come with it, then gently return to the passage 3 Step Plan for Distractions 3 rd Time: Forget the passage, pray with the “distraction” It is not really a distraction. A real distraction will never survive step 2. When distracted by the same thing or things closely related to each other:

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20 4. Illustrate the steps of WRAP from your own written experience from the morning session (5 minutes) 1. Give a 3-minute testimony of how praying with Scripture has made a difference in your life. (3- minutes) 2. Ask if any group member can share a grace that came to them from praying with Scripture (2- minutes) 3. Describe the steps of WRAP (10-minutes) Power Session Plan 5. Lead them to pray with a passage using WRAP, prompting them at each step, giving them time to do it. (15 Minutes)

21 7. At the end, lead a conversation inviting people to share their experience of the prayer and then of the power session. (8 minutes) 6. Share the “30-days of WRAP” scripture suggestions (2 minutes) Power Session Plan (Continued)

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23 Resources WRAP Yourself in Scripture Larry and Karen Dwyer Praying Scripture for a Change- An Introduction to Lectio Divina Tim Gray God Help Me to Pray Jim Beckman

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