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Date: Feb 2013

Power of Prayer and Fasting:

"Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, 'Why could we not drive it out?  And He said to them, 'Because of the littleness of your faith... But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
- Matthew 17:19-20a, 21

Eranga DeSilva, Mount seminarian

The Mount 27 is a pretty cool opportunity. Not many people have the chance or find the time to read the whole New Testament straight through; usually we only hear bits and pieces of it during the Liturgy of the Word. It is definitely cool to read it continuously and see the natural flow that St. Paul and the Gospel writers intended for. Now if only I could keep up with the readings so as not to fall behind!

Meghan Sprankle, MSM C'14

Friends, if you are right on the schedule you might have noticed that you just reached the halfway point (The Letter to Philippians chapters 3 & 4) yesterday (Feb. 10). And guess what we find in Phil. 4:13 – “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.  - YES WE CAN!
I’m 4 days behind the schedule… but hope to catch up soon!  Wish you all a blessed feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! – Eranga de Silva

I hope the spiritual workout of the Mount 27 is going well.  I've found that using the audio version of the bible is very helpful to get the reading done, and helps tons when one needs to catch up by a book or two.  If you have or use Spotify, then here is a link of a dramatized version of the New Testament for free:  Dramatized New Testament - ESV.  Or, the Center for Campus Ministry has a few copies available for your listening pleasure.  I've found even using an audio version helps me to hear things in a different way than what I see and hear when I am reading it. The audio version brings the text alive in a whole new way.   Keep up the good work - God love you. 

Deacon Jake

Lectio Divina is a form of prayerful meditation on the word of God.

There are four basic steps in lectio divina:
1. Reading -- What does this text actually say?
2. Meditation -- What does this text say to me? Try putting yourself into the passage.

3. Oratio (prayer) -- What do I want to say to God through this text?
4. Contemplation or action -- What difference might this text make in my life?

Pope Benedict XVI says that the monastic tradition of "lectio divina" is "truly capable of opening up to the faithful the treasures of God's word, but also of bringing about an encounter with Christ, the living word of God."

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