Lectio Divina for Lent: Weaving the Word Retreats with Marie McStay

mmcstayFollowing on previous popular Lectio Divina workshops, Marie McStay is offering two one-day Lenten retreats: on Sunday 1 March at Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey in Portglenone and Saturday 14 March at Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor.

McStay is a professionally licensed Personal Development Trainer and Director, who designs and delivers workshops across Europe. She is also one of BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Your Place and Mine’ team.

I participated in one of McStay’s workshops several years ago. She was clear and attentive and the fruitfulness of the practice of Lectio Divina was clear to me. McStay described Lectio Divina this way:

‘The ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina, or “sacred reading,” is a rich and intimate prayer form. The techniques for Lectio Divina are simple. The rewards for your efforts are great as you grow in the art of Lectio.’

On the day participants will:

  • Look at techniques which have been handed down through the ages;
  • Learn the simple steps for distinguishing The Word spoken to you personally;
  • Develop mindfulness;
  • Interpret its meaning for your personal circumstances;
  • Be empowered to pray for the courage to answer the call of that Word

McStay added that Lent is an excellent time to try Lectio Divina:

‘The season of Lent provides us with the challenge to go into the desert. Our Spiritual exercises during these weeks leading to Easter make us fully aware of our need for forgiveness. It is the time to look at ourselves with honesty and to convert to humility of heart – across all of our life. With Lectio Divina, we can grow in sensitivity to the nudges of the Holy Spirit and learn to pray, to communicate with God.’

Details for the dates and venues are:

Sunday 1 March 2015

10 am-4.30 pm

Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone, Co. Antrim

Fee: £40, including light lunch

Saturday 14 March 2015

10 am-4.30 pm

Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery, Rostrevor, Co. Down

Fee: £40, including light lunch

Reserve your place through: insight@mariemcstay.com or: 07833 393 491

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