This unit investigates the power of words to both heal and injure in the contexts of body, mind and spirit. Students will examine in particular those forms of meditation, especially Lectio Divina, which focus on the capacity of Biblical words to enlighten and transform. It will also show the role of Christian rituals concerned with the healing of soul and body. The unit will examine those meditation techniques which are used to enhance wellbeing and healing, including the healing of memory and physical and psychological illnesses, for such persons as the frail, the house-bound and those in need of palliative care. It will analyse methods of approaching guilt and loss.

Unit Code: DS9620C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate the technique of using the Scriptures in meditative prayer


Describe theories of the body / mind / spirit relationship and be able to describe methods for developing them as an integrated whole


Elucidate the relationship of psychological to spiritual factors in meditation


Explain and critique the Christian rituals aimed at healing mind and body


Evaluate the use of Lectio Divina in a variety of contexts


Undertake research and analysis of meditation practices, prayer and well-being in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Lecture, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2500-word essay

2500 40.0

4500-word essay

4500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-01 09:42:04 +1000