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Bishop Richard issues Pastoral Letter on Prayer

Bishop Richard Moth has issued a Pastoral Letter for Trinity Sunday on Prayer in the Year of Mercy. Focussing on the practice of Lectio Divina, the prayerful reading of Scripture he says on this Trinity Sunday that: "The relationships that exist in the three Persons of the Trinity invite us to think about our own relationship with the One God in whom we believe and who invites us to be in relationship with Him – through the person of the Son and through the understanding and knowledge that are gifts of the Spirit. 

He goes onto explain that as a consequence: "The encounter that we have with God in prayer is, therefore, of the deepest importance in our lives.  Prayer is not merely an option – it is a key element in the life of each one of us."

As Pope Francis as part of the Year of Mercy has encouraged us to reconnect with Scriputre and Bishop Richard believes that in Lectio Divina (Holy Reading) we are able "to listen to God’s Word in a way that is simple and refreshing. Spending a little time each day with a short passage from the Scriptures, reading it through a number of times and pausing to allow the Word to dwell in the depth of the heart, enables us to hear what God wishes to say to us."

He concludes by saying that "I cannot encourage you strongly enough to take a little time each day to reflect on the Word." To assist in this there are leaflets giving a brief guide to Lectio Divina which is also available on the Diocesan Website.  Bishop Richard belives that if we "practice this Holy Reading in schools, in parish groups, catechetical formation and gatherings – for through our encounter with the Word of God we shall become a people of Mercy and enabled to carry out the Mission to which we have been called."

You can read the full text on the Bishop's section of the Diocesan Website