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Praying is as much seeking as it is finding. :)


Like your blog.

Damien Scott

When I was worried about a dear friend facing prison (he wound up serving nine months in a federal facility), another friend suggested praying the Serenity Prayer for the guy in trouble. So I prayed, "God, grant him the serenity to accept the things he cannot change, the courage to change the things he can and the courage to know the difference." [I recently began praying this for Pope Benedict XVI for a number of reasons.] You could continue with the rest of the prayer in the same way. It is an act of trust and of intercession. Intercession because I am praying for the one I love, trust because I am leaving it all in the hands of the One who is Love.

{I have said this before, so if I said it here, forgive me for repeating myself.]

In my monastic training, one could use many things for lectio, varying it depending on the literary form, as it were. It is not exactly lectio, but you might someday want to check out an interesting site by the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Indianapolis (, interesting for lots of reasons. Several of the sisters post meditations on current events, a way of learning a sacred reading of the signs of the times.


Wow, what a powerful phrase, thank you for sharing it. I am sending it to a good friend, too.


Hi Steve.
This is the first time I have ever done a lectio on anything but Sacred Scripture, so I don't know about other texts.

Are you asking the entire process of lectio?


Beautiful post.

Your thoughts about a light in every darkness reminded me of a line from Bruce Cockburn's "Lovers in a Dangerous Time." It's a far cry from the Serenity Prayer, but it offers an image that has gotten me through some dark times:

Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight,
Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight.

Steve Jones

I'm interested to find out what the process was in doing lectio divina on something like that? Did you read it over and over? Discuss it? Pray through it?

What other texts besides Holy Scripture do people read via this exercise?

So many questions, but I find it fascinating.


Yes, it's that second part of the prayer that nobody uses and that is the real kicker, isn't it?

By the way, you've been tagged for a little meme-ing (check my blog).


Cool - goes right along with a psalm (of which I cannot remember) which we were meditating on at church last night. I certainly do not want darkness in my life and will kick and scream to avoid it but it is comforting to know God is there for us when we find ourselves in it. I have a sister who has been very depressed (amongst other things) her whole life. She is very angry at God and once said to me - even if he healed me now I have missed so much in life. A verse in Psalms about "a day in Your presence, being better than a thousand outside" (psalms 84 I think) - really spoke to me. For a moment I realized how exceedingly wonderful His presence was - that one day there would so outweigh a thousand spent in darkness. I did not share that with her because I did not want to be insensitive to her current pain - but it does give me hope there is healing!

Dr. Mike Kear

Beautifully written.

No matter what our Emmaus experience is, Jesus is always there.



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