Thoughts for Reflection from Benedictine & Monastic Authors

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2013 August 28 - The Power of Sacred Reading

Sacred reading allows the word of God to touch and awaken my heart. “Indeed,” says the Letter to the Hebrews, “God’s word is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword….It judges the reflections and thoughts of the heart” (Heb 4:12). When I spend time in sacred reading I invite God’s word to penetrate my heart and to evoke from that deepest center of my being a response of surrender, wonder, praise, regret, petition, love. In the words I read, God speaks to me; in my prayerful pauses I respond to God, verbally or wordlessly. Sacred reading has this double articulation of listening to the word and responding to the word. Continual reading, without the periodic pauses, may be a pious exercise and even an appropriate way of praying at times when I am exhausted or distracted, but it is not sacred reading strictly speaking. (pages 8-9)

Monastic Practices
by Charles Cummings, OSCO