Sometimes, the Lord puts people in your path for a very specific reason. This happened to me earlier this year, and that person was a Priest of the Order of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist. His name is Fr David Nugent. He was here in Australia running retreats.
It was simple enough – a retreat. But, wow, what a retreat. It was a silent retreat (I had never been on one of those before) and it was completely centred on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. And we had one hour of one-on-one spiritual direction each day. I guess, with all of those ingredients together, something awesome was bound to come “out of the oven”.
All that Fr David did was introduce me to a new way of praying. Some would call it an “old way” – Lectio Divina – but for me it was very new.
Over the years I had tried the Lectio Divina method with limited success. I think what was different this time, is that it was centred on Adoration. It was something that Father David said during one of his talks that really dropped a penny for me.
He said (and I am paraphrasing from my memory here), that in Adoration, the Lord comes to us through His Word and through His actual, real, physical Presence. He uses both His Real Presence and His Divine Word to bring us to the truth. Fr. David said to me, “Pick some scripture from the Gospels. Sit on it. Rip it apart if needs be. Explore where it takes you. Imagine the scene in your head. What was Jesus doing? What were the Apostles wearing etc. Try and work out the order of things: For example, how long would it have taken for the disciples to walk to Emmaus? Etc.”.
Basically, sink deep into it.
Go and see the Lord. Yup…actually look at Him with your real, physical eyes. He is there, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Ask Him what He is trying to communicate to you. And if you ask with an open heart, then He will bring illumination and understanding in your soul.
It’s pretty simple really. And I love it. It is like being in Heaven. Thanks Fr. David.
If you would like to just listen to Father David’s amazing Irish accent, have a look at this: