Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and
a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Dominican Sisters of Peace have a deep spirituality, which is grounded in the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures.
Praying with Scripture can help you hear the voice of the Spirit stirring inside your heart and can draw you into a closer relationship with God as you discern your vocation.
We invite you to pray with some of the Scripture passages below, recommended by our Sisters. There are many ways to pray with Scripture. You may wish to pray these passages using Lectio Divina, Ignatian Contemplation or simply by reading the Scripture and reflecting on how it speaks to your heart.
Also, you may wish to journal your reflections for yourself or maybe share your reflections with your spiritual director or vocation minister.
Scripture for Discernment
Here’s a simple prayer before reading Scripture: “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in me the fire of your love.”
I know the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me. (Jeremiah 29:11-13, NRSVCE)
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:9 -11, NRSVCE)
I keep the Lord always before me; (Psalm 16:8, NRSVCE)
I am your very breath;
I have been with you from the beginning.
Open your heart wide and I shall fill it. (Psalm 81:10, Psalms for Praying,Nan Merrill)
God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8, NRSVCE)
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” (Isaiah 6:8, NRSVCE)
A voice said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle, went out, and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 King 19:11-13a, NRSVCE)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. (Proverbs 3:5, NRSVCE)
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one and come. (Song 2:10, NRSVCE)
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,
and before you were born, I consecrated you. (Jeremiah 1:5, NRSVCE)
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1, NRSVCE)
A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, (Ezekiel 36:26-27, NRSVCE)
Today . . . I am offering you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then . . . (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? (Matthew 16:24, NRSVCE)
The two disciples . . . followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (John 1:37, NRSVCE)