That is what Cinema Divina is all about. In the spirit of lectio divina, the prayerful reading of Scripture, the Daughters of St. Paul host monthly gatherings where people watch a movie together in a way that opens them up to what God is saying to them. The first one of this season is "The Help" on Sept. 21. Can God speak through films? Sure, why not? God speaks to us in all kinds of ways: through nature, our interactions with others, through both silence and the noise of everyday, through books and music, thoughts and dreams, our successes and the obstacles we encounter. The voice of God is everywhere. Tuning ourselves in to hearing it, however, can be challenging.
But if we can learn to hear God speaking to us through what we watch for free on a Friday night, perhaps we can learn to distinguish his voice in the rest of our lives. Lectio divina was meant to open a door by opening our ears. Cinema divina may well have the same effect. The goal is to be open to the Word of God everywhere and in every way, to come to the point where we experience every day as vita divina, a prayerful reading of life.
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Jaymie Stuart Wolfe is a wife and mother of eight children, and a disciple of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. She is an inspirational author, speaker, musician and serves as an Associate Children's Editor at Pauline Books and Media.
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