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Lectio Divina by Pope Francis

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The 'Lectio Divina' consists in reading the Word of God within a moment of prayer to allow it to enlighten us and renew us.

This prayerful reading of the Bible is not separated from study to identify the central message of the text ; on the contrary, we must start from there, to seek to discover what this message itself says to our life. The spiritual reading of a text must start from its literal meaning . Otherwise, we will easily make the text say what is right, what serves to confirm his own decisions, what fits his own mental patterns. It would ultimately be to use something sacred to one's own advantage.

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In the presence of God, in a calm reading of the text , it is good to ask oneself, for example: “Lord, what does this text say to me? What do you want to change in my life with this message? What bothers me about this text? Why am I not interested in this? ”Or:“ What appeals to me, what stimulates me in this Word? What attracts me? Why does this attract me? ”

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When we try to listen to the Lord, it is normal to have temptations . One of them is simply to feel embarrassed or oppressed, and to close in on yourself; another very common temptation is to start thinking about what the text says to others, to avoid applying it to one's own life.

It also happens that we begin to look for excuses that allow the specific message of a text to be weakened. Other times, we remember that God demands too important a decision of us, which we are not yet in a position to make. This leads many people to lose the joy of meeting the Word, but it would mean forgetting that no one is more patient than God the Father, that no one understands and knows how to wait like him . It always invites us to take one more step, but it does not demand a full response if we have not yet walked the path that makes it possible. He just wants us to look sincerely at our existence and present it without pretense to his eyes, that we are willing to continue to grow, and that we ask him what we are not yet succeeding in achieving.

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The great risk of today's world, with its multiple and overwhelming consumer offer, is an individualistic sadness that comes from the settled and stingy heart, from the sick search for superficial pleasures, from the isolated consciousness . When the interior life closes on its own interests, there is no more room for others, the poor no longer come in, we no longer listen to the voice of God, we no longer enjoy the sweet joy of his. love, the enthusiasm for doing good no longer flutters.

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The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and the whole life of those who meet Jesus. Those who allow themselves to be saved by him are freed from sin, sadness, inner emptiness, isolation. With Jesus Christ joy is born and is always reborn.

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I invite every Christian, in whatever place and situation he finds himself, to renew his personal encounter with Jesus Christ today, or at least to make the decision to allow himself to be met by him, to seek him every day without cease.

It is only thanks to this encounter - or new encounter - with the love of God, which is converted into happy friendship, that we are delivered from our isolated consciousness and from self-reference. We come to be fully human when we are more than human, when we allow God to lead us beyond ourselves so that we come to our truest being. Therein lies the source of evangelizing action. Because, if someone has accepted this love which gives them back the meaning of life, how can they hold back the desire to communicate it to others?

Pope Francis

(The joy of the gospel)

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