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New Planner and a morning meditation upgrade

My parents got me this great filofax planner for Christmas (early)!  Thanks, Mom and Dad.

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It’s so cute and easy to customize.  Right now my prayer section is about twice as large as all other sections.  It has prayers I want to remember and room for notes.  There is even a pocket in the back for a rosary and a chaplet.

2014-11-15 12.52.43I like writing down my morning mediations.  Otherwise I tend to spend the 20 minutes before 6:00 snoozing and occasionally praying for a productive day.  I know what Therese said about a father loving his children even as they sleep, but I feel better starting the day after a good 20 minutes of Lectio Divina.  So I created these templates that I can print out before hand and fill in during meditation.

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There are 5 Sections.

  1. Lectio – I write a scripture verse.
  2. Meditatio – I write what sticks out to me in the verse – themes, key words, character studies.  I sometimes consult my Navarre Bible for help with this part.
  3. Oratio – Usually step 2 will stir up feelings – penitence, supplication, praise.  I offer these as a prayer to Jesus.
  4. Contemplatio – I don’t write during this part, but stay still and listen.  Sometimes ideas that I hadn’t considered will well up, other times I just rest in God’s peace.
  5. Actio – I make a resolution for the day.

By the way, I didn’t come up with this method of prayer.  Lectio Divina goes back to Saint Benedict in the  6th century.  Others added to the method by giving the sections names.

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I’m including the above template for anyone else who has a personal sized planner they would like to use for Lecito Divina.  I would love to know how you do your daily prayer.  Feel free to leave a description in the comments below.

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Kathy Donlan teaches resource and special ed. CCD at St. Joseph Elementary School in Lincoln, NE. She is a wife and mother to three active boys. In her limited spare time she cartoons pictures of saints, writes about saints, reads about saints and plays video games.

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