Doing Lectio Divina with Thomas Merton

Suzanne Zuercher, O.S.B., is a member of St. Scholastica Monastery, a psychologist, a frequent presenter at ITMS/Chicago and also a member of the Program Committee for the ITMS General Meeting at Loyola University-Lakefront. She has written five books on spirituality, including Merton, An Enneagram Profile.

She will lead a presentation called, “Doing Lectio Divina with Thomas Merton”.

For those who might need a little refresher course on it, lectio is an ancient practice, dating back to the desert fathers (and mothers) who centered their meditation on biblical texts, a practice continued by monks today. In his volume Contemplative Prayer, Thomas Merton wrote, “It is understood that the personal prayer of the monk is embedded in a life of psalmody, liturgical celebration and the meditative reading of Scripture (lectio divina).”

Zuercher believes lectio need not be limited to monastic communities! šŸ™‚

This is how Zuercher plans to approach lectio for the ITMS General Meeting. “After a brief introduction to the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina and how Merton articulated it for the present day, the group will apply what has been said to a Merton text. There will be sharing at each point in the process of taking his words from the page to personal experience,” she said.


About doyoureadthomasmerton

Bob Grip was the Program Chair of the International Thomas Merton Society General Meeting at Sacred Heart University in 2013.
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