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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Little Handmaids Cenacle, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 5:30 to 7:30 Learning Lectio Divina

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Dear little handmaids and friends,
You are cordially invited to attend our next Little Handmaid Cenacle, which will be held next Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 5:30 until 7:30 in one of the classrooms at St. Joseph Church. At the Cenacle we will pray to the Holy Spirit, practice lectio divina, and pray a portion of the 7 Sorrows Rosary.
I am so pleased that the little handmaids who have been coming to learn lectio divina already have the spiritual discernment that is needed to hear the voice of Jesus as we read the Scripture.
At our last Cenacle we read the Gospel for the Sunday that followed, which was the Gospel account of Jesus' Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, in the presence of Peter, James, and John.
To each of us the Lord spoke a different message, as is always the case in lectio divina. A Father does not speak to every child the same. The Lord drew Rosie's attention to the end of the Scripture, where Jesus told His disciples not to tell anyone what they had seen until after He had risen. They did not understand what Jesus meant by "risen" until after He had risen. Rosie stated that often, when the Lord speaks to us, we do not understand what he means until a later time.
Pascuala was drawn to the middle of the Scripture, in which Peter wanted to set up three tents: one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. But God directed the disciples: "This is My beloved Son; listen to Him." Pascuala commented, as the Lord showed her, that often we want to focus on doing, doing, doing, but God, through this Scripture, is saying to simply to listen to His Son.
The Lord drew my attention to the word alone, after Moses and Elijah had disappeared, and Jesus alone was with His disciples. I discerned that the Lord was saying to me that we must be alone with Jesus in our hearts in order to be able to listen to Him. Even when we are practicing lectio divina in a group, our attention must be focused on Jesus.
I will not be able to be at the next Cenacle, so Rosie Aguilar, who is practicing lectio divina every day now, and has very good discernment, will be leading the Cenacle. I will be with you in prayer.
Hope you will join our sisters!
Mary's daughter, in the Heart of Jesus, the Light of the world!

Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother

And Mary said, "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38)