“Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the LORD swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants” (Deut 1:8).
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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.
L – Listen (Receive the Word.)
O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Through a food pantry or food kitchen, a specially cooked meal, or as an Extraordinary Minster of the Eucharist, how can you offer the bread of God to others?
I | Ignatian – Imagine or remember yourself in the desert. Feel yourself there, accepting that God led you to this place. What do you long for in each of your senses? What do you wish you tasted, heard, felt, saw, smelled?
A | Augustinian -If you are in the desert, what has God said to you about trusting Him through this show?
If you have made it through the desert and are in the Promised Land, what has God said to you about how to make it through the prosperity and ease of the Promised Land in a way that does not compromise your soul?
T | Thomistic – Using a map of Palestine, outline the literal and spiritual stages of the move from Egypt to the Promised Land. How does this outline speak to you about your own journey?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen +
*LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
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