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« on: May 16, 2021, 10:04:51 AM »

I've owned this book for many years and read it several times, but now I'm at camp and the book is at home, and I'm struggling to recall what's in my tired brain.  I think Fr Basil was a Benedictine monk in MA, and my first reaction to his book was a very favorable impression, but something happened (I can't recall) that caused me considerable concern.  I'm quite sure I have written several pages of comments, but I suppose I have to wait to find them. 
Thanks to Benedict for his great summary of the LD process in the thread about Fr Kersten.
I'm frustrated I can't remember:  when was the LD phrase originated?
What major authors have discussed?
Why did CCC tuck 1177 ref to LD in Liturgy of Hours?  CCC 2708 is somewhat more clear.
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2021, 03:28:14 AM »

Lectio Divina is the traditional method of living the Word of God preserved among the monastics and holy ascetics and patriarchs and is as a living characteristic of holy Christianity.
The Psalms are said to contain all of the emotions of a human and thus can be used to find which words fit the state of the soul.
Then the words that fit the state of the soul are then connected to the life of Christ, the Mysteries of the Church, the Doctrines of the Faith and the Final Judgement. By understanding the kernel of the Logos, that is the bear seed or the written word, the divine Logos can begin to produce fruit within your mind giving you insight into the usage of a piece of Scripture. For example, Psalm 1 can be related to the Final Judgment when it says
Psalm 1:4-6
Not so the wicked, not so: but like the dust, which the wind driveth from the face of the earth.
Therefore the wicked shall not rise again in judgment: nor sinners in the council of the just.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the wicked shall perish.
Now the connection to the Final Judgment would then lead to the holy fear of the Lord's Judgment, given that He is a just judge.
This is to promote purity of heart and discourage sin.
In the Rule of Saint Benedict the instruments of good works include
#44 To be in fear of the day of judgment
#45 To be in dread of hell
#46 To desire everlasting life with all spiritual longing
Reflecting upon the joy of salvation would be the ultimate goal which would cause faith, hope and love to flourish.
This fear of final judgment should then lead the heart to repentance and forgiveness.
Repentance and pardon deepen the hope and love a person feels.
Cultivating a practice of reflection upon the day of judgment one finds themselves ample materials within the Bible
Thus we can find in the first Psalm the Last Day, and also the Church and even Paradise
Psalm 1:3,2,1
And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season. And his leaf shall not fall off: and all whatsoever he shall do shall prosper.
But his will is in the Word of the Lord, and on his Word he shall meditate day and night.
Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of pestilence:

Indeed blessed is Jesus Christ who has given counsel to the godly, stood in the way of righteousness, and now sits in the seat of mercy.

Gregory of Sinai lists the different forms of approved contemplation
1 Contemplation of the Trinity
2 Contemplation of the Celestial Hierarchy
3 Contemplation of the universe
4 Contemplation of the Incarnation
5 Contemplation of the Universal Resurrection
6 Contemplation of the Second Coming of Christ
7 Contemplation of age-long punishment in hell
8 Contemplation of the eternal kingdom of heaven

Gregory of Sinai On Commandments and Doctrine
130. The principal forms of contemplation are eight in number. The first is contemplation of the formless, unoriginate and uncreated God, source of all things - that is, contemplation of the one Triadic Deity that transcends all being. The second is contemplation of the hierarchy and order of the spiritual powers. The third is contemplation of the structure of created beings. The fourth is contemplation of God's descent through the incarnation of the Logos. The fifth is contemplation of the universal resurrection. The sixth is contemplation of the dread second coming of Christ. The seventh is contemplation of age-long punishment. The eighth is contemplation of the kingdom of heaven. The first four pertain to what has already been manifested and realized. The second four pertain to what is in store and has not yet been manifested; but they are clearly contemplated by and disclosed to those who through grace have attained great purity of intellect. Whoever without such grace attempts to descry them should realize that far from attaining spiritual vision he will merely become the prey of fantasies, deceived by and forming illusions in obedience to the spirit of delusion.

Having set this foundation: The process of Lectio Divina is four-fold in a wheel
Start by using these steps to reflect on the Scripture verse.

Lectio: Having asked for the grace to hear God's word, read the passage twice.
Meditatio: During the second reading, pause whenever so moved and reflect on a word, a sentence, or an image that strikes you.
Oratio: Speak directly to God, and open your reflection to Him.
Contemplatio: Listen contemplatively for any response God might choose to make. Remember that God responds to us at times with loving silence.

During silent contemplation I believe that it is good to reflect over the All-Holy Undivided Trinity, the Hierarchy of the Heavenly Host, the wonders of Creation in the universe, the Redemption of Humanity in the Incarnation, the dreadful and glorious Final Day when Christ shall come again in glory He shall raise to life all flesh in the Universal Resurrection, the glory of Christ judging between the sheep and the goats, between wheat and chaff, between good and evil, bestowing rewards and punishments, the pain of hell and the evil of those who go there, the glory of heaven and the good of those who go there.
The goal is to provoke spontaneous acts of praise and worship to Almighty God, and to allow the Spirit of God to move you toward holiness and sanctification in body and mind and soul.
It is important to cultivate a continual reflection upon the great Mysteries of the Faith and the story of salvation.
Lectio Divina helps to accomplish living the faith, it is meant to deepen the connection between one's life and God's Word.
For the riddle was given that none could solve "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness."
Now the literal answer was that there was a bee hive in a dead lion thus the eater was the lion, something to eat was honey, the lion strong and the honey sweet.
Yet the Lion of Judah gives forth His flesh as sweet as honey, out of the Almighty comes the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, united in the sweetness of eternal bliss.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2021, 10:25:25 AM »

Great post, I have much to think about, many thanks.  This seems a very nice explanation of the wheel you referred to in your earlier post in another thread.
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