7 a.m. Wednesdays in the Parish House Library
When Mother Teresa was asked, how do you pray? She replied, “I listen to God.” And how does God respond? “God listens to me.”
Thomas Merton describes contemplation as, “the transcendent experience of reality and truth in the act of a supreme and liberated spiritual love…awareness, life, creativity and freedom. In fact, contemplation is man’s highest and most essential spiritual activity.”
When we attend church there are no guarantees that we will have a religious experience. And yet, sometimes we do: with the liturgy, the music or perhaps just by being there. So it is with contemplation. With contemplation we may become more sensitive to the Spirit which infuses every dimension of our lives and be ready, as Mother Teresa said, for God to listen to us.
During the Contemplative Hour we often use an ancient Christian devotional process called Lectio Divina. There are four steps: we read a devotional passage, we reflect, we dialog with the Spirit, and finally bask in the Divine reality. We budget about 10 minutes at the end of the session for sharing. We are all beginners in our Contemplative Hour and enjoy learning from the experience and from each other.
We invite you to join us every Wednesday morning in the Parish House Library, at 7 a.m. For further information you may call any one of our participants: Sarah Lincoln-Harrison (781-771-2034), Richard Harrison (589-3313), Tom Duplessie (505-5640), or John Gregory (322-7107).