The following is the information for the Oblate Lectio Divina Session in Latrobe.
In this context, I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart (cf. Dei Verbum, n. 25). If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church - I am convinced of it - a new spiritual springtime.
The format for the Lectio Divina follows the format which was contained in our packets from Fr. Donald (Accepting the Embrace of God: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina by Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB). Note the section "Group Lectio Divina as a Group Exercise" and the appendix "Part 1: Lectio Divina Shared in Community". The appendix is the method we use in our group sessions. We will use the next Sunday's Gospel for our Scripture passage.
One last note. There is nothing carried over from one week to another, so you can attend whenever you are able.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”