Drawn from Archbishop Thomas Collin's popular monthly "lectio divina" series at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, "Pathway to Our Hearts" invites readers to listen to the word of God and examine what it tells them about loving God with their mind, heart, and hands. With the Sermon on the Mount as his focus, Collins welcomes readers into a nourishing encounter with the word of God, adapting the ancient practice of "lectio divina" for today's Catholics. At this time of revival of the tradition of "lectio divina," including a strong endorsement by the 2008 Synod on the Word, Collins models a simple approach that anyone can take to reading scripture. Collins's friendly, conversational manner encourages the reader to learn to listen to the text, allowing God's voice to speak to the heart. From his long experience of teaching the Bible, Collins offers readers expert advice on praying with the scriptures, but most importantly he models it, and those who thirst to draw close to God's word will find refreshment in these pages.
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From Pathway to Our Hearts
I think the fundamental reality of Lectio Divina is that it is a prayerful encounter with the word of God. By the word of God, I do not simply mean the text of the Bible; I also mean Christ, Our Lord. He is the Word of God, and one of the most powerful ways that we encounter him is through the words of sacred scripture. The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us in Jesus Christ our Lord; so too in a different way, the Word becomes flesh and dwells amongst us in human language, in the divinely inspired text of scripture.
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�Archbishop Collins has offered a gift to us. This book on lectio divina provides not only a method, but also an example. If Jesus would come to our diocese and teach us today, He probably would use the text of the Beatitudes as it is a rich divine study into the new covenant. Not only is Archbishop Collins qualified as a scholar from his many years at Biblicum and the Gregorian University, but he also speaks with authority as someone who has encountered God through his daily practice.� --(Sr. Meg Funk, O.S.B., Author of Lectio Matters: Before the Burning Bush)
�The lectio divina reflections of Archbishop Thomas Collins are the fruit of a shepherd who lives in the �House of the Word.' I highly recommend these clear, accessible, and hopeful reflections that offer tremendous assistance to all who wish to give flesh to the Word in their daily lives.� --(Rev. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation)
�The recent Synod on the Word of God emphasized the importance of lectio divina in deepening our spiritual lives. Pathway to Our Hearts, is exactly what is needed to make this important approach to praying the scriptures something that is accessible to all. Archbishop Collins's knowledge and love of the scriptures comes alive in this book.� --(Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson )
�Archbishop Collins combines two rare gifts: a vivid, engaging style and a deep understanding of scripture. This book is a marvelous introduction to the ancient Christian tradition of lectio divina and a real treasure for meditation on the Word of God. For any Christian longing for a deeper experience of prayer, the author opens the door to a richer daily life rooted in the Sermon on the Mount.� --(Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver)