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.
- Aigner, Jill, OSB. Foundations Last Forever: Lectio Divina, A Mode of Scripture Prayer
- Arico, Carl. 1997. A Taste of Silence, Ch. 5. New York: Continuum.
- Bianchi, Enzo. 1998. Praying the Word. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications.
- Casey, Michael. 1995. Sacred Reading. Liguori, MO: Liguori/Triumph.
- Dumm, Demetrius. 1987. Flowers in the Desert, A Spirituality of the Bible. New York: Paulist Press.
This online retreat focuses on learning the method of Lectio Divina and incorporating this contemplative way of praying the Scriptures into daily practice. Subscribers to this online retreat will receive a total of 12 emails with step-by-step instructions in the Lectio Divina method and answers to frequently asked questions. You will also have access to audio recordings with leaders from Contemplative Outreach and pdf slideshows reviewing key concepts covered in the emails.
Lectio Divina, literally divine reading,’ is an ancient Christian practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, a person listens to or reads 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.