Father Randy Soto, a professor of New Testament at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, presented to our OCDS community a lecture on Lectio Divina. The practice of Lectio Divina is a devout and prayerful reading of Sacred Scripture. Lectio Divina is the oldest method of prayer with the Word of God in our Catholic Tradition. It began when monastic life started at the end of the second century, and since, it has been perfected and systematized in order to help us in our meditation of Sacred Scripture.
“I do not want to lay up merits for heaven. I want to work for Your Love alone with the one purpose of pleasing You, consoling Your Sacred Heart, and saving souls who will love You eternally.
In the evening of this life, I shall appear before You with empty hands, for I do not ask You, Lord, to count my works. All our justice is stained in Your eyes. I wish, then, to be clothed in Your own Justice and to receive from Your Love the eternal possession of Yourself. I want no other Throne, no other Crown but You, my Beloved!”
”I would like to speak to you of the Divine Office. You know that it is the incessant cry that the Church raises to God. We, the contemplatives, are those entrusted with crying out for the world. When we are in choir, we’re already like the angels who praise God. We form part of that angelic choir, and our antiphons are stanzas of that pure and divine poetry. At those times are we not like the angels who sing in the presence of the tabernacle and console Jesus in His sad prison? Jesus also sings with His Carmelites. He raises up to His eternal Father, together with His brides, that
“Who can lose confidence? Fo the Lord endured so much with me only because I desired and strove to have some place and time in order that He might be with me. And this I often did without eagerness but through my own great struggles or through the strength the Lord Himself gave me. For if those who do not serve Him but offend Him derive so much good from prayer and find it so necessary. Why do those who serve God and desire to serve Him abandon it? I cannot understand why, unless it is that they want to undergo the trials of life with greater trial and close the door on God so that