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Lectio Divina - Christ's central place in this Process

Christ, the only mediator between God and man

When we are doing Lectio Divina, that is to say when we open ourselves to listen to God, we are facing Christ. Christ is the Word the Father has given to us, his only word, and he asks us to listen to himself attentively. Christ, who is both God and man, is the only mediator between God and us.

We will see further on that the process of Lectio Divina is a process of incarnation. But it is the incarnation of the Word of God in us, the incarnation of Christ in us. We will never let Christ out of our sight he is essential.

Christ reveals the Father

Christ is at the heart of the Gospel in St. John he is presented with the specific function of revealing God the Father. "No one has ever seen God; the Son alone has made him known" (Jn I :18). The Son allows us to hear the Father's voice, and to see his appearance adios (Jn 5:37-38). By sounding the Scriptures, we are lead to the Son who is the Word of the Father and he gives us eternal life (cf. Jn 5:19-47).

Christ at the heart of spiritual life

This is the fundamental point of all spiritual life. Saint Teresa of Jesus asked herself for a long time whether, in perfect contemplation, one continued to consider Christ in his humanity, or whether it was better to be attentive to the vastness of God's divinity. The answer given by the theologians of her time was in conformity with the Gospel and Saint Paul: the fullness of the divinity lives in him, in bodily form (cf. Col 2:9) and we find hidden in him all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge (cf. Col 2:3)6. Saint John of the Cross, just like Saint Teresa of Jesus, invites us to contemplate the humanity of the Son with the eyes of the Father. "For, in giving us, as He did, His Son, which is His Word and He has no other - He spoke to us all together, once and for all, in this single Word, and He has no occasion to speak further'''. To Him we must listen; and He is the one we encounter and listen to through Lectio Divina.


As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."