If you want to learn more about the spiritual practices we use, here are some great resources!
Read Guigo II's Ladder of Monks to start. It is short, available online, and is really where Lectio Divina started!
Here is a great short essay about Guigo and how he started Lectio Divina.
Duncan Robertson, Lectio Divina: The Medieval Experience of Reading (Cistercian Publications, 2011
Michael Casey, Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina (Triumph Books, 1996)
Listen to the first episode of the podcast (Book 1, Chapter 1 - The Boy Who Lived, through the theme of commitment), which is where we introduce Lectio Divina for the first time.
Here is some info on the ancient, Jewish practice.
Here is a great article about Havruta from Brandeis University.
The episode in which we introduce Havruta is Book 2, Chapter 11 - The Dueling Club, through the theme of excellence.
A listener sent us this great piece, Praying with Scripture by: Leonhardt
We first introduce sacred imagination in Book 1, Chapter 7 - The Sorting Hat, through the theme of vulnerability. Then, we introduce Fr. James Martin about Ignatian spirituality and sacred imagination in Book 3, Chaper 11 - The Firebolt, through the theme of Duty.
Definition: A collection of passages from the writings of previous authors. Special interest attaches to the Greek patristic florilegia. Besides those composed of excerpts from commentaries on the Bible (known as catenae), a number of dogmatic florilegia, compiled from the 5th cent. onwards, have survived. They were often drawn up to establish the orthodoxy or heterodoxy of individual theologians, and many were incorporated in the acta of councils. A patristic florilegium of a non-dogmatic kind is the collection of extracts made by St Basil of Caesarea. Latin florilegia were also well established from the 5th cent. Their material is patristic, supplemented by excerpts from Carolingian and later from 12th-cent. authors. The early Latin florilegia were dogmatic and ascetic. In the later Middle Ages florilegia became preaching tools.
Listen to our episode on Book 2, Chapter 18 - Dobby’s Reward, through the theme of Love, where we learn this spiritual practice from Professor Stephanie Paulsell.
Here is a great, short piece on how to do PaRDes at home!
We first use the practice in the Book 2 Owl Post episode with Scott Perlo.
We first try out Marginalia in Book 5, Chapter 1 - Dudley Demented, through the theme of Belief.
We love these resources about sacred practices in general:
Simone Weil's essay on the use of school studies.
Pierre Hadot's Philosophy as a Way of Life
St. Teresa of Avila's Interior Castles
Amy Hollywood's essay Secular Death