“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:2)
In this day and age Catholics and Christians are becoming more conformed to this world and this age. Culturally, intellectually even spiritually we are struggling to be a “people set apart“. The only way to fight this conformity is by renewing our minds. How do we accomplish this? First and foremost we renew our minds by an intense life of grace. (prayer, sacraments, etc.) More specifically we accomplish this through abiding in the Word of God. In Scripture we have the mind of Christ. Radical Catholics need to be soaked in scripture to see with the eyes of Christ. It should be part of everyone’s prayer time and our daily life in general. Lectio Divina in particular is helpful for entering into the Word of God and having it fill your mind and change you. (I won’t share what lectio divina is because other people can explain it much better. Just do a quick google search.) Try adding Scripture to your daily prayer and see how God transforms you in His Word.
“Lectio divina consists in pouring over a biblical text for sometime, reading it and re-reading it, as it were, ruminating on it as the Fathers say and squeezing from it, so to speak, all its juice so that it may nourish meditation and contemplation and, like water, succeed in irrigating life itself.”
Pope Benedict XVI
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
St. Jerome, A.D. 340-420
“To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers, so it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.”
St. John Chrysostom, A.D. 347-407
“All troubles of the Church, all the evils in the world, flow from this source: that men do not by clear and sound knowledge and serious consideration penetrate into the truths of Sacred Scripture.”
attributed to St. Theresa of Avila, A.D. 1515-1582
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.