Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina, literally meaning "divine reading," is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the "ear of the heart," as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one's relationship with the Divine.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

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Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Hello from Malaysia!  Our group has been practising twenty minutes of Centering Prayer followed by Lectio Divina ( with the 4 movements - Read, Reflect, Response and Rest)  for some time. There is a suggestion from someone that we could start with Lectio Divina...

Q:  Hello from Malaysia!  Our group has been practising twenty minutes of Centering Prayer followed by Lectio Divina ( with the 4 movements - Read, Reflect, Response and Rest)  for some time. There is a suggestion from someone that we could start with Lectio Divina followed by twenty minutes of CP in place of the 4th movement ie. the first 3 movements of LD followed by CP. Thus not doing the 4th movement. Is it advisable to follow this suggestion?

Praying the Rosary and Centering Prayer

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Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Is there a way to pray the rosary simultaneously with Centering Prayer?

Q:  Is there a way to pray the rosary simultaneously with Centering Prayer?

A:  I am not aware of how you would pray the rosary simultaneously with centering prayer. However the rosary is a form of monastic lectio divina, for as you pray the words and reflect on the mysteries, you are celebrating the first three moments of lectio divina.

Given to Me

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Voices of Community

In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St. Mary’s Retreat Center, Sewanee, Tennessee.    On the night of May 18, we all participated in group lectio divina.   The words from the Gospel of Mark scripture reading that reached out to me were “given to me.”  Ruminating on those words, I asked God over and over, “God what are you saying?”

In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St.

In Memory of Mary Mrozowski: An Exemplar of a Lay Contemplative

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Voices of Community

Mary Mrozowski died on October 18, 1993. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Mary’s death and her contribution to the contemplative dimension of life, we offer these free recordings of her teachings, as well as a recording and transcript of the eulogy given by Fr. Thomas Keating at her funeral on October 23, 1993, at St. Dominic's Church, Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Mary Mrozowski

Mary Mrozowski died on October 18, 1993In honor of the 25th anniversary of Mary’s death and her contribution to the contemplative dimension of life, we offer these free recordings of her teachings, as well as a recording and transcript of the eulogy given by Fr. Thomas Keating at her funeral on October 23, 1993, at St. Dominic's Church, Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Praying the Scriptures in Solitude

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Voices of Community

Reflections on an Eight-Day Personal Lectio Divina Immersion Retreat

In May 2011, the Lectio Divina Service Team of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. developed and presented a six-day Lectio Divina Immersion Retreat that focused on the four senses of scripture: literal, allegorical, moral/behavioral, and unitive.