Lectio Divina: Mysticism of the Text

Beverly Lanzetta Articles

One of the most ancient of spiritual practices is the focused recitation or reading of sacred texts. In the monastic traditions of Christianity, lectio divina (Latin, divine reading) is a method of mindfulness in which God is encountered through the words of Scripture. Composed of four spiritual stages or processes—lectio, meditatio, oratio, and contemplatio—the themes …

Definition of Terms: Interreligious, Interfaith

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In today’s world the various concepts relating to interfaith and interreligious issues are often used interchangeably, and are employed to address similar ideas and practices. All of these terms–many of which are defined below–emphasize a self-conscious commitment to four areas: a) importance of personal faith experience as a foundation for authentic dialogue; b) communal discernment …

Spiritual Vocations In a Multireligious World

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There is a new spiritual movement in our midst initiated not by religions or masters, but by the action of the divine in the souls of people around the globe.  It is a direct touching of the inner spark of the soul by Divine Mystery that is calling people to a deeper experience of the …