St. Benedict urged his followers to listen to God’s Word “with the ear of the heart.” Eastern Orthodox spiritual writers focused on gazing at icons, as St. Paul said, with “the eyes of the heart.” Popular speaker and retreat leader Stephen J. Binz draws on the richness of both traditions by combining lectio and visio divina.
Contemplation is more difficult than ever during this digital age and Binz offers a proven and profound way to cut through the noise and pray the gospels. He walks you through six steps: reading, seeing, meditating, praying, contemplating, and acting. Binz also provides simple suggestions for self-reflection that can lead to practical changes in your everyday life.
The book’s twenty Bible passages—starting with the Annunciation and ending with Pentecost—are paired with full-color icons of each story. The original, never-before-published icons, written by Ruta and Kaspars Poikans, are displayed in the Unity Chapel at the Mary of Nazareth International Center in Israel.
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About the Author
Ruta and Kaspars Poikans make icons, frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, and liturgical furnishings in their Saint Luke Workshop at Notre Dame des Dombes Abbey in France.
Table of Contents
The Ancient Tradition of Lectio Divina 1
Experiencing God's Word through Icons 9
The Formative Experience of Lectio and Visio Divina 19
The Annunciation 27
The Visitation 37
The Nativity of Christ 47
The Presentation in the Temple 57
Jesus Is Found in the Temple 67
The Baptism of Jesus 77
The Wedding at Cana 87
The Proclamation of God's Kingdom 97
The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ 105
The Last Supper 115
The Agony of Jesus 123
The Flagellation of Christ 133
Here Is the Man 141
Carrying the Cross 149
The Crucifixion 157
The Resurrection 165
The Ascension 175
The Dormition of Mary 193
The Coronation of Mary 203