Monday Musings (October 2, 2017): Meditating on the Great Books—Some Practical Steps

The past several weeks I have been exploring the notion of meditation,[1] first upon Scripture, but then suggesting that this could apply to the Great Books as well, albeit with a different authority. One of the ways we can meditate on the Great Books is by recognizing that we are not passive recipients of the Great Books but actually active participants in the same story … Continue reading Monday Musings (October 2, 2017): Meditating on the Great Books—Some Practical Steps

Monday Musings (September 25, 2017): Meditation as Participation

Last week I considered how we have tamed God’s Word instead of eating it. This week I continue the theme of meditating on the written word. One of the better insights of Eugene Peterson’s excellent book, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading, is his proposal that spiritual reading is “participatory reading.”[1] He uses the illustration of a period of life … Continue reading Monday Musings (September 25, 2017): Meditation as Participation

Monday Musings (September 18, 2017): Lectio Divina and the Monster Book of Monsters

Lectio Divina and the Monster Book of Monsters: Harry Potter, Eugene Peterson, and the Art of Spiritual Reading Note: Last week I discussed Hugh of Saint Victor’s two things “by which every man advances in knowledge”: reading and meditation. This week I want to explore in some more detail the topic of meditation as it is specifically applied to the Bible. In Harry’s third year … Continue reading Monday Musings (September 18, 2017): Lectio Divina and the Monster Book of Monsters

Monday Musings (September 11, 2017): Reading and Meditation

Last week I discussed the first part of the Preface in Hugh of Saint Victor’s work, Didascalicon, particularly the way he identifies four varieties of learners, two virtuous and two sinful. For the virtuous learner who truly desires to grow and use his gifts of intellect (however great or meager they may be), Hugh of Saint Victor suggests that there are two things “by which … Continue reading Monday Musings (September 11, 2017): Reading and Meditation