****+Many years ago the Lord introduced me to the spiritual monastic practice of “lectio divina” (divine reading) . . . which is perhaps the clearest most well lit holy pathway for the soul to “listen” to its God . . . essentially it is encountering God in the reading of a literary level of holy writings in Christendom believed to be especially blessed and anointed of God . . . first order and always primary of which is God’s **Holy Word **. . . Sacred :bible1: Scripture . . . and which group of writings can also include The Holy Rule of St. Benedict . . . The Catechism of the Catholic Church . . . etc., . . . and as such . . . when prayer:gopray2:fully read the . . . **Holy Spirit **. . . Wonderful Counselor of Our God . . . is abundantly available to help regarding the reading, discernment and understanding of same.
The holy monk Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki , O.S.B. of the Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania here in the United States recommends that we . . . *slow down radically *. . . when reflecting on inspired material . . . so as to . . . ***open up freely ***. . . to the treasury of insights contained therein . . . he goes on further to share with beautiful simplicity:
Lectio Divina (divine reading)
Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki , O.S.B. (Order of St. Benedict)
[INDENT]“It is the **monastic insight **that reading, if it be authentic, cannot be undertaken simply with the eyes and the mind. Rather it must involve the whole person: mind, heart, body and spirit. It is reading not so much for information as for formation, that is, for encounter with the living God in this moment in such a way that one’s heart catches fire and one’s life is transformed … In St. Benedict’s day reading a sacred or spiritual text was practiced not so much for the sake of ‘information,’ but rather in order to be ‘formed’: that is, to be inwardly changed or shaped.
Thus the aim of lectio divina (divine reading), i.e., pondering the material in a slow, prayer:gopray2:ful way, is to dispose ourselves to welcome God’s ever-present grace and His efforts to conquer our hearts and transform us more and more into a holy people.”
Using the common ground of Sacred :bible1: Scripture . . . I believe there may at least be a partial answer to your friend’s question in **God’s Holy Word ** . . . in particular in relationship to the spiritual gift of the. . . “gift of tongues”. Over the years I had heard many teachings on the I Corinthian Chapter 14 passage . . . all of which in general kind of just surfed along on the surface . . . concentrating on learning the list of the individual gifts . . . then one day the Lord allowed my soul to encounter a down-to-earth teacher of the Faith who practiced “lectio divina”.
In a very practical manner this gifted teacher contrasted the . . . “gift of tongues” to a “nickel” (its worth being 5 cents) . . . having caught our attention by this application . . . he continued and added the “gift of interpretation of tongues” . . . valued also as a nickel . . . and then had us do the math . . . 5+5=10.
Carrying this further on along into further revelation in Scripture he took us to the below passage . . . wherein the teaching is on how God’s children can soundly and most effectively utilize the two “nickel” gifts . . . **“tongues” **and “interpretation of tongues” . . . in community . . . which instruction contains a blessing if obeyed . . . and a . . . caution . . . if obedience is not possible . . . in community. . .
**. . . :coffeeread: . . . **The Holy :bible1: Bible
[INDENT]"26 … Let all things be done unto edifying. 27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
[quote]28 But if there be NO
let him keep silence in the church;
and let him speak to himself,
If our Holy Catholic Church would just “mind” the holy instruction of Sacred Scripture . . . writing the translation is fine . . . so much controversy would just melt away . . . and rich blessings made available . . . in relation to opera . . . music of itself is essentially a language also . . . when words are added . . . interpretation ensues (5+5=10) . . . Example: Handle’s “Messiah” . . .
[RIGHT]. . . thank You Lord Jesus+