40 episodes

Inspired by Lectio Divina and the Collatio, this podcast offers the listener sessions of guided, meditative, listening prayer around different passages of scripture.



Each episode will take you in to a deep place of listening in the Lord's presence where you will hear a gospel story read very slowly so that you can savour each word, imagine the scene vividly and perhaps even discern what the Holy Spirit is speaking into your own life through the text.



This prayer experience is ideal if you would like to interact with the Bible in a new way, deepen your prayer life, or understand Gods love for you more fully.



If you find Lectio Divina beneficial in a group but struggle to do it on your own, this podcast will provide the guidance you need.





Each episode will begin with a brief introduction to the text, guide the listener into a deep place of prayer, read the passage very slowly, twice, and then offer some questions for reflection or journaling.



For more information visit our website at contemplativeathome.com



I wish to thank and acknowledge Fr Finbarr Lynch SJ of Manresa House, Dublin who introduced and instructed me in the Collatio, from which all that I share with you in this podcast is derived.

contemplative at home Lissy Clarke

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Inspired by Lectio Divina and the Collatio, this podcast offers the listener sessions of guided, meditative, listening prayer around different passages of scripture.



Each episode will take you in to a deep place of listening in the Lord's presence where you will hear a gospel story read very slowly so that you can savour each word, imagine the scene vividly and perhaps even discern what the Holy Spirit is speaking into your own life through the text.



This prayer experience is ideal if you would like to interact with the Bible in a new way, deepen your prayer life, or understand Gods love for you more fully.



If you find Lectio Divina beneficial in a group but struggle to do it on your own, this podcast will provide the guidance you need.





Each episode will begin with a brief introduction to the text, guide the listener into a deep place of prayer, read the passage very slowly, twice, and then offer some questions for reflection or journaling.



For more information visit our website at contemplativeathome.com



I wish to thank and acknowledge Fr Finbarr Lynch SJ of Manresa House, Dublin who introduced and instructed me in the Collatio, from which all that I share with you in this podcast is derived.

    Clothe Yourselves with Love – a meditation

    Clothe Yourselves with Love – a meditation

    Hello Friends,







    You don’t need me to tell you that being in a confined space, with the same mix of people, day after day amplifies all the dynamics!







    I thought that these verses might be particularly helpful this week.







    As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe your (deepest) self with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything beautifully together…Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. And be thankful.







    -Colossians 3:12-17







    As these words soak in, may you find new kindness, compassion and patience for those around you.







    I hope you are generally finding space to take deep, grounding breaths, and appreciate the new life springing up outside.







    I also hope that you’re staying well.







    Every blessing dear ones. Lissy







    PS: If the dynamics at home are harmful or dangerous, please reach out for help.







    Contemplative at Home offers guided meditative prayer – space to slow down and listen to the truth that is being born out of God’s love for you today – drawing on Ignatian spirituality and at times, Lectio Divina.







    All music by Pete Hatch. petehatch.com.

    • 13 min
    Rooted and Grounded in Love – a meditation for uncertain times

    Rooted and Grounded in Love – a meditation for uncertain times

    Ed: this post has been updated to fix the link to the audio







    Dear Friends,







    This week’s programming is interrupted (what isn’t!?) and replaced with a meditation for a time of unknowing and unsettling, which is also a time to take off the lid and ask questions, to throw down the taproots for deep waters, to closely inspect our homes, our relationships, our choices, ourselves.







    With that in mind I offer you a grounding meditation, to help you find the taproot, to help you remember that you are “a tree planted by streams of living water” (Ps 1:3).







    The meditation is based around St Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, God may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)







    I imagine that many of you have seen the thoughtful poem “Pandemic” by Lynn Ungar, if not I do strongly commend it to you.







    My prayers are with those of you for whom work is intensified in this time. Thank you for your leadership and service. My prayers are also with those of you for whom work is insecure in this time. May we know how to care for each other.







    Every blessing as you pray today.

    • 13 min
    Imaginative Contemplation with Woman at the Well

    Imaginative Contemplation with Woman at the Well

    An imaginative contemplation affords us the opportunity to play with the gospel text, to re-imagine the story in a new context, putting ourselves in key roles, with the purpose of helping us to grow in intimacy with Christ.







    In this meditation I invite you to stretch the well in Sychar, Samaria to a location familiar to you.







    What do you drink most often, and where do you get it from?







    Water from the water cooler at work, lemonade from aisle 15, a double latte from your corner coffee shop? For me, it’s peppermint tea from the kettle between my sink and fridge.







    What if someone you assume is too ‘important’ to speak to you is sitting outside the shop, or knocks on your door, and asks “I’m so sorry to bother you, but could you refill my water bottle?”







    We’ll start the meditation here, stay with the words Jesus spoke, allowing you to listen to your own mind and heart for everything in between.







    May the text become yours in some way. Every blessing as you pray.







    Contemplative at Home offers guided meditative prayer – space to slow down and listen to the truth that is being born out of God’s love for you today – drawing on Ignatian spirituality and at times, Lectio Divina.







    For more information and show notes please visit www.contemplativeathome.com or find us on Facebook.







    All music by Pete Hatch. petehatch.com.

    • 19 min
    Imaginative Contemplation with Nicodemus – bringing questions to the Lord

    Imaginative Contemplation with Nicodemus – bringing questions to the Lord

    Inspired by Nicodemus, today we imagine ourselves seeking out the Lord, in order to bring him our thoughts and our questions.







    Today’s meditation is a bit different, and you may prefer to use the text than to use the audio, so I offer a version of the script to you here.







    John 3 (NRSV) 1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit”… 9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus replies with many words, including these: … 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.







    If you choose to pray with the written script, I invite you to do so slowly and thoughtfully:







    Nicodemus came out to the Lord because he wanted to chew it all over.







    He was compelled by Jesus but still trying to wrap his head around who Jesus is, and what his teaching is all about.







    Take a few minutes to still your body and your mind.







    How am I – just now?







    How am I generally in my life just now? What are my responsibilities?







    How are my key relationships?







    Does anything feel unsettled in my life or in my mind?







    Is there one thing that would be particularly helpful to bring to the Lord just now?







    See yourself – a bit like Nicodemus – seeking Jesus out when there will be a quiet moment (v1-2)







    Nicodemus said “We know that you are a teacher who comes from God” (v2)







    Tell Jesus what you know to be true about him just know. Affirm his identity, as you are able, from the bottom of your heart.







    Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” (v3)







    Jesus offers an invitation to step more deeply into understanding of God’s kingdom by being re-born, re-made, made new, growing into a new identity or understanding.







    How do you understand this?







    Now recall the one thing that you want to bring to the Lord. Tell him about it. Tell him what your questions are (v4)







    How does he respond?







    Tell him what is on your heart, and leave space to listen for him to reply







    What might ‘stepping more deeply into God’s kingdom’ in light of this issue look like?







    Tell him how you feel stuck, or unsure – feel free to say, as Nicodemus did – that you still don’t fully understand (v9)







    See him looking at you with love







    Listen as Jesus says that Gods greatest desire for you is to give you eternal life – a fullness and richness of life which begins here and now – his love for you is so great, he desires wholeness and freedom and abundance of life for you – Jesus is here now as a gift of that love. (v16)







    Say anything else you wish to say, or simply bask in his love







    When you are ready, take your leave of the Lord.







    Meditation written by Lissy Clarke,

    • 19 min
    Imaginative Contemplation with Zacchaeus

    Imaginative Contemplation with Zacchaeus

    In this 20 minute meditation we will travel in our imaginations to first century Jericho, home to families with long-established wealth, status and power. Zaccheus, also very wealthy but wholly living apart from any devout practices also makes his home in this affluent town.







    You may wish to re-read the story before you pray:







    Luke 19 (NRSV) Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”







    May the story become yours as you pray.







    Please note, a Zacchaeus meditation by pray-as-you-go has heavily influenced the shape and form of todays meditation. Thank you to pray-as-you-go for their amazing leadership in all things audio and Ignatian prayer.







    Contemplative at Home offers guided meditative prayer – space to slow down and listen to the truth that is being born out of God’s love for you today – drawing on Ignatian spirituality and at times, Lectio Divina.







    All music by Pete Hatch. petehatch.com.

    • 19 min
    Imaginative Contemplation with the Transfiguration

    Imaginative Contemplation with the Transfiguration

    A guided meditation with the transfiguration account in Matthew 17, Mark 9 and Luke 9.







    Towards the pinnacle of his ministry, Jesus takes his closest friends up a very high mountain. Jesus seems to be considering his next steps, seeking wisdom about the way forward. He has climbed this peak to chew things over, to listen to God, to listen to his own faith tradition and spiritual heritage.







    The question is Jesus’ departure “which he is about to bring to fulfilment at Jerusalem.” On the mountain top, deep in contemplation, Jesus has a tete-a-tete with Moses – the great figurehead of the deliverance, the exodus, the release from slavery, and Elijah – the prophet who was taken up to heaven rather than dying a natural death, and who was anticipated to come back and prepare the way for a Moses-like Messiah.**







    Does he bring Peter, James and John along for their benefit or for his own? Does their company strengthen him, or is he offering them privileged access, to witness his own spiritual process?







    Jesus, about to embark on the next significant expression of his calling, hears the same words he heard at his baptism “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”







    May you enter the story in your imagination, may the story become more vivid to you, and may it become yours in some way, as you humbly discern your own next steps into the Father’s heart of love.







    **Thank you Sue Rebus for recently reminding me of all this. Sue and I have been teaching a course together this term called Taste and See. We approach each week with Sue’s insightful teaching followed by a contemplative session in the same text. There are a few places left in the next 6-week session beginning Friday 28 Jan at 9:45am. If you live locally, and are interested in finding out more, please do get in touch.







    Contemplative at Home offers guided meditative prayer – space to slow down and listen to the truth that is being born out of God’s love for you today – drawing on Ignatian spirituality and at times, Lectio Divina.







    All music by Pete Hatch. petehatch.com.

    • 21 min

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Love these podcasts! Lissy creates such a lovely place to slow right down and connect deeply with the Lord. I’ve found new revelations from scripture from these podcasts and they have really helped me to grow in my relationship with God, and tune in to hear more of the ‘still, small voice’. Thank you!

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An encounter with the Lord Himself

So many podasts talk about God. Lissy offers us this gift of a podcast which is in itself, when listened to as intended, a real encounter with God himself. An opportunity not to think about God but contemplate his face and listen to his word. Lissy has a real gift in leading prayer. I wish this was a daily rather than weekly podcast!

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Beautiful podcast. Lectio Prayer is so special, a chance to spend real quality time in the Lord's presence. Lissy introduces and leads the prayer so well. It is a weekly treat to be still and listen to the Word.

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