Lectio divina (literally 'Holy Reading') is sometimes referred to as the 'Benedictine method of prayer'. It was actually practised by praying Christians long before Saint Benedict (c.480-c.550) came on the scene. However, by the Middle Ages, lectio divina was 'sorted' into a tidy scheme, a scheme which is practised to this day. The scheme was devised by a famous Cistercian monk named Guigo II, Prior of the Grande Chartreuse, France, around 1180, in his classic work, The Ladder of Monks.
- Church leaders in Ireland make A Call To Pray on Palm Sunday. Paying tribute to everyone in the health and social care services and those in the frontline, for their courage in the battle against the Coronavirus (COVID–19) pandemic, prayers and suggestions are given online and in a document you can download
- Pope Francis has kept the current situation continually in his prayers, many now praying his prayer to Virgin Mary for protection.A special Urbi et Orbi blessing has been announced for Friday 27 March 2020. You will be able to tune in to it at 5:00 p.m.
Isn't the Internet great when, for example, you wonder about the word quarantine and its connection with Lent? There is so much good online that we can settle for the merely interesting. God's spirit is delightfully present when we find life and inspiration unexpectedly, when we have the time and opportunity to allow ourselves to be digitally blessed.