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Day 12 | Friday | VISIO DIVINA

Visio divina, Latin for “divine seeing,” is a long-practiced spiritual discipline in the Christian tradition. It invites us into an active awareness of God’s presence through silence, reflection, and prayer, opening us up to His invitations for our lives.

The richest prayer life comes through multi-sensory connection with God. We are each wired in different ways. Some of us respond best to the written word, some to the spoken word, some to music, some to art, some to movement. We can connect with God in prayer through each of these ways. Though we may have a preferred sense through which to pray, the richest prayer life will come through experiencing God through all your senses.

—Kathryn Shirey

A word about expectations: You’re encouraged not to have any! You may or may not settle into a place of awareness. Simply practice offering a quiet space to be attentive to God’s presence.


Read Luke 15:17-20—

17 But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired laborers have more than enough bread, but I am dying here from hunger! 18 I will set out and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired laborers.”’ 20 So he set out and came to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

What do you feel as you look at The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Rembrandt?
(image below, click to enlarge)

Take 10 minutes and simply be present to the image and attentive to what stirs within you, without any agenda. What do you become aware of?

What do you need to talk to God about in prayer?


Tomorrow is a fast from technology focused on personal devices. This means choosing to not turn on your cell phone/iPad/computer before 3:00 pm.  No exceptions (unless you are an emergency worker).