Contemplative Expressions

Outward expressions of Lectio Divina associated with the Word.

Complatio coverContemplatio Abscona Mysteria (To Contemplate Hidden Mysteries) is a growing list scriptural of Rosary Bead Mysteries.  The Rosary Mysterious of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous are further extended to include ten personal alternate, additional or what might be called experimental mysteries based on themes in scripture. Each individual mystery includes art from James Tissot and a Lectio Divina mediation which can be used as an example for individualized meditation.

This Via Lucis (The Way of Light) celebrates and highlights the most glorious time in the Christian liturgical year, the fifty days from Easter to Pentecost. This Via Lucis variation uniquely considers the mystical presence of St. Joseph in our encounter with the living Christ. A suggested contemplative approach for this Via Lucis is to read the scripture reading then imagine yourself in each of James Tissot’s paintings while letting Saint Joseph speak to you in the silence. The Via Lucis devotion is often prayed in the same format as the Stations of the Cross, beginning and ending in front of the Cross.

Dipsao coverDipsao – I Thirst is based on the scriptural transliterated Greek word “dipsa­­­­­­ō” which means the state of being thirsty. Blessed Mother Theresa concluded  that Christ’s striking words are a prayer of an endless two-way thirst of both giving and receiving love. I have had my thirst satiated by countless Christ like people so I humbly share their “I” and their effect on me.

Chanterelles in the Garden coverChanterelles in The Garden focuses a highlighting lens on God’s grandeur. This beauty takes many forms from a glorious swath of Chanterelle Mushrooms at a moist riverside in God’s Garden to interior revelations and discovery that take our breath away. Windows open to the truth and love of Christ. Each poem and reflection in this book includes an on-line audio version.

The Color of My Heart CoverThe Color of My Heart offers an examination of recollections that yield personal insights worth pursuing towards becoming a better person.  The title of the book is metaphorical language describing Christ’s Love as a common thread of our hearts true color. The Color of My Heart is Love.

 

A Moment for Christ coverA Moment for Christ captures moments of metamorphosis when there can be no explanation other than faith. When we allow these moments to unite with Christ we can discover how and what shape we are to become. 

 

The Kingdom of HeavenGood and honorable priests who are committed to their charism and are exemplars of Christian holiness deserve nothing less than their Church finding ways to re-elevate them in the eyes of the world. A partial solution is to leverage their sanctity so they more deeply become “merchants seeking the finest pearls.” Click here for a Web version or a download is available on Amazon on Kindle Unlimited or $.99 otherwise. All proceeds go to pursing the challenge.

Scripture Reflections Cover Scripture Reflections  It is my hope is that by sharing these Scriptural expressions that you may find resonance and think about your own reflections and what they mean for you as you read Scripture. They are listed in seasonal order from about one week ahead. If you using a mobile device you can get get to the seasonal groupings here or scroll further down for recent reflections.

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The thoughts contained on this site are personal reflections of my own sense of God’s love, grace and action in the world. My faith is deeply rooted in Roman Catholic teaching with special emphasis on actively encountering and living the Beatitudes.

Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Peace and God Bless,

Jerry