Thomas Griffin (9/17/20)
Praying the Bible: To Ponder and Consume – Ascension Press (5/26/20)
Excerpt: “The mission and motive of this prayer is to read a Gospel passage, or any Bible passage, slowly and intently which will place the reader in direct and divine contact with God. Praying a passage is different than reading it, the priest claimed. After combing through the reading two or three times, one should focus on a word or phrase that has been jumping out at him or her. Then, slowly repeat those words over and over again, what the saints have called, “chewing the word.” This places us in the position to ponder the word like Mary (Luke 2:19) and consume the word.
In order to place ourselves in the position to be receptive to how God is speaking, the priest who taught that course stressed several instructions. One must remember how clearly is the fact that all God does, his very life, is an attempt to get close to us. However, that priest never outlined specific directives regarding this process. That was the role of the one doing the praying. Below is a chronological approach to bring us to the place of intense focus on God’s presence which has been woven throughout the lives of the Bible and the saints.”
Thomas Griffin teaches Apologetics in the religion department at a Catholic high school on Long Island and lives with his wife. He received a master’s degree in theology and is currently a master’s candidate in philosophy. He writes for several Catholic media outlets.
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