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Visio Divina for women: Thursday, Jan 7

Happy New Year Ladies!

We are back with our weekly Visio Divina experience! So many persons gave us positive
feedback on their Visio experiences of 2020; we hope you will find this to be a fun and
inspirational way to start 2021.

If you are not familiar with Visio Divina, you may know, Lectio Divina which is a method of
praying with scripture, started by the late great Fr. Michel De Verteuil. Visio Divina (Latin for
“divine seeing”) is a method for praying with images.

Through Visio Divina we invite you to see beyond first and second impressions, and even
beyond your initial ideas, judgments, or understandings. Our hope is to create a connection to the
divine through local art.

Each week we are happy feature the work of a female catholic artist, prepared specifically for
your reflective prayer. Today we feature Petra Berment of Brazil Village. She belongs to the
parish of San Rafael. In 1993 at the age of 19, Berment became the youngest and first
female Assistant Trainer and licensed Racehorse (open) trainer in Trinidad and Tobago. She is
also recent graduate of the UTT’s a fashion design programme and is available for priests and
parishes that wish get their garments and backdrops hand painted. The Name of this piece is
Gentle Glory

So here is how we are going to do it.
1. Set aside 20 minutes in the day for the guided prayer experience
2. As you begin to prayer take a few minutes to open your heart and mind to God.
3. When you are ready, slowly look and notice the image, taking your time to let feelings
and thoughts come to you as you take in forms, figures, colors, lines, textures, and
shapes. What does it look like, or remind you of? What are your initial thoughts? What
feelings are evoked?
4. Now, return to the image with an open heart and mind again. You may now experience
new thoughts, meanings, and feelings. Start, exploring new meanings and feeling that
come to you associated with the image. Be aware of any assumptions or expectations that
you bring to the image. Regardless of your response to the image — delight, disgust,
indifference, and confusion — contemplate prayerfully the reason for your response and
what these responses might mean for and about you.
5. As you go deeper in this prayer, open yourself to what the image might reveal to you.
What does the Spirit want to say, evoke, make known, or express to you in quiet
meditation? What are your feelings, thoughts, desires, and meanings evoked by the
image and how they are directly connected to your life?
6. Now, take the time to respond to God. Jot down in a journal the insights you want to
remember, actions you are invited to take, wisdom you hope to embody, or any feelings
or thoughts you wish to express. Bring your prayer to a close by resting in God’s grace
and love.

Please email us as at forwomen@catholictt.org on the impact this activity may have had on your day, and be sure to share the artist’s image on your social media feeds.

Source info: https://www.patheos.com/resources/additional-resources/2009/07/praying-with-artvisio-divina