an ancient tradition that dates to Old Testament times and which the
Church preserved from her Jewish heritage, we daily ponder the Word of
God using the four-fold method called "Lectio Divina". First, we
slowly read (lectio), then as the Spirit directs, we pause and repeat
what we have read over and over (meditation) until it has penetrated
our heart. There it gives birth to a response that we lift to the
Father in prayer (oratio). In His presence we come to rest (contemplatio).
Being enriched by the Word, we are thus prepared to receive Him anew
in the daily celebration of the Eucharist.
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and God was the
Word." That one perfect Word has become the dayspring of the
contemplative's life. Before the light has yet touched the horizon,
she takes God's Word into her hands and heart. She experiences anew
the creative power of God's word. "God said, 'Let there be light,' and
there was light." Every creature and creation itself are created and
sustained in being by the Word of God. He spoke, and it came to be.
All that exists in creation is a word, an expression, of God outside
Himself. It is of the nature of a spoken word to express the meaning
of the speaker. God is love and all that He says, all He creates,
bears that love
another Word, apart from all the words of creation, an Only-Begotten
Word, a Son, generated by the Father from Eternity to Eternity. This
is the Son, the Word Who was with God in the beginning. And this Word
was God. To redeem the world the Father sent His Eternal Word into the
heart and bosom of a poor maiden girl of Israel. In her, a created
word, the Uncreated Word became flesh and dwelt among us
Walking in her footsteps, the Poor Clare seeks to mirror His
Mother's littleness and hiddenness, the silence in which she lived.
Walking in Mary's footsteps, she opens herself moment by moment to the
coming of the Word in the depths of her being. God sends His Word, and
she receives It. This Divine Word restores to creature-words their
lost meaning. More wonderful still, He bestows upon all who receive
Him an infinitely transcending meaning of love, beyond all the
possibilities of a creature, to restore us to the splendor that He
desires to see reflected in the face of the Beloved.