-Centennial Men’s Prayer Breakfast March 30, 2019

Introduction

I Learned Spiritual Direction through College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, The streams of Nouwen & Vanier; through Franciscan and Jesuit formation. This morning I have adapted some techniques from my third book, Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Sacred, that I have led retreats with, taught from at U of C, and Spiritual Directions. As well as hosted many contemplative and meditative services. This is not exhaustive, but rather a snap shot to move beyond rational to interior.

Body Scan Mindfulness

-Physical

-Emotional

-Thoughts

Coming out, look at the paper and colours in front of you, for the next three minutes let out whatever came through creatively through scribbling, doodling or drawing, do not stop moving the colours until asked to.

-2 minute discussion with table mates.

Lectio Divina, is the practice of hearing scripture 3 times, I mix it with visualizing prayer and narrative contemplation:

Close your eyes feel your breath slow, feel this room melt away, the chair disappear. The air shift and change as you travel  2000 years into the past, and across oceans, to an arid landscape, feel dust over your sandaled feet, as you watch a student and teach discourse, hear these words.

With this first reading what words or phrases resonate within you? Sit with those for a time and see what shifts within your soul:

Matthew 16:13-19 (ESV):

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock[a] I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven.”

-Give 1 to 2 minutes for quiet reflection-

With this second reading, what images or memories surface of keys you have been given to realize your true calling?

Matthew 16:13-19

-Give 1 to 2 minutes for quiet reflection-

With this third, and final reading, enter into Peter, can you feel his emotions? What resonates within you as these words are spoken in your search for path?

(read from Peter’s perspective) Matthew 16:13-19

Deepen your breaths once more, feel the chair come back around you the room become tangible. Rest in the peace of knowing the blessing you are in this world, life and adventure yet to come.

Now that you have the Keys to the Kingdom it is time to walk the Labyrinth to the Centre.

The Labyrinth-

Ancient story of the Minotaur

The point of a maze it to find its centre.

The Point of a Labyrinth is to find your centre

Winding through breathing slowly, on intake “Your will be done.” On Exhale “Your Kingdom come” as you slowly moves towards the centre. Sit in the centre with those thoughts, what rises to the surface. Take time to share at your table.

Before we close with a simple prayer of contemplation, one thing that is good to do while using prayer to reflect on scripture, is to rewrite the story from different perspectives to delve into what it is like in the midst of the story. A good story to start with, that is always challenging is the story of David’s murder of Uriah, and seizing/raping his wife Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. Over the next week re-write the story from David’s perspective, from Bathsheba’s so like a first person account, and see what is discovered on the journey.

Now we will close with a Franciscan prayer, let us pray:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is discord, union;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

 

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console:

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love:

For it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

And it is in dying that we are born to

eternal life.

Amen

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