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Lectio Divina ("Sacred Reading" in Latin) is reading with the heart of a few lines from Scripture. The scholastic method of Lectio Divinia has four moments and can be practiced alone or in a group :

The Scripture passage is read slowly 2 -3 times during each moment. If at any time we would like to have the Scripture passage read again during these four moments, we say so.

  1. Lectio - Reading the Word of God Listen carefully as the Psalm is read each time. Immerse yourself in the Word of God.

  2. Meditatio- Reflecting on the Word of God As the Psalm is read each time, notice what one Word or short phrase stirs your soul. Savor it. Absorb the Word or phrase that the Spirit speaks to you. Listen fully and allow the Word or phrase to take root in your heart. Offer up the Word or phrase aloud or silently.

  3. Oratio - Speaking to God As the Psalm is read each time, respond to the Word given to you by the Spirit. You may offer aloud or silently what you feel about the Word or phrase placed in your heart.

  4. Contemplatio - Resting in God As the Scripture Passage is read this time, the Word given to you by the Spirit becomes your Sacred Word pduring this time of Centering Prayer. The prayer period ends with final reading of the Psalm.

Please contact Tim Goldman if you have any questions or would like more information about Lectio Divinia. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 745-9842.

The COCI service team is requesting that event attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, aftershave, or bringing scented candles to our programs as we have some folks who are allergic and cannot enjoy the event.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Virtual Centering Prayer Opportunities

Centering Prayer is being offered during this time of social distancing via Zoom. The meeting room will be open 15 minutes prior to our scheduled time together. Opportunities will be available three times per week. The link for each prayer time is color coded below. The meeting room will hold 100 people, if there is a need for additional space arrangements will be made and a new invitation will be sent out. If you have questions, please reach out to Megan Hartwig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Prayer Times

- Tuesday Evening at 5:15 pm
- Thursday Morning at 7:15 am
- Sunday Evening at 5:15 pm

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The Spirit Of Forgiveness
A 12-Step Centering Prayer Retreat

Our Lady of the Prarie Retreat
2664 145th Ave, Wheatland, Iowa

Friday, July 10, 3 p.m. to Sunday, July 12, 11 a..m.

Join us for a time to explore Centering Prayer as an integral part of your 12-step recovery program. Prior knowledge of Centering Prayer or other silent meditation practice is desirable, but not required. We will also explore important principles of forgiveness as part of recovery and the spiritual journey. This retreat is 12-step supported and will include at least one (open)12-step meeting.

Set among 200 acres of restored prairie, Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is a lovely setting for spiritual renewal, quiet reflection and time away. The registration fee of $125 covers meals, lodging and program.

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To register call Claudia Scharf, CHM Phone: 563-336-8414

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