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.

Lectio Divina


Lectio Divina Series

A weekly message from Fr. Thomas Keating on Awakening to the Contemplative Dimension of Life






Lectio Divina is more valuable from a spiritual
point of view than the exegesis of the text
because exegesis can become a science
like any other.  You study the root meanings
of the words.  This is valuable as a study
and in understanding the literal meaning,
but it doesn’t communicate the context or the spirit
in which these words are originally contained,
which may be reflecting nuances of spiritual experience
 that the root of the words don’t necessarily communicate
or transmit.


I will listen for the word of God
… Love and truth will meet;
justice and peace will kiss.
Truth will spring from the earth;
justice will look down from heaven.
Psalm 85: 9, 11


Selections from the works of Fr. Thomas Keating for further study
on the nature of divine love that flows from divine union:


The Classical Monastic Practice of Lectio Divina,’ Contemplative Outreach website

 The Process of Lectio Divina, Intimacy with God

Love and The Trinity, Heartfulness: Transformation in Christ

For more information on Heartfulness retreats and programs visit Heartfulness Offerings.
For Archives of past Habit of Heartfulness segments visit Heartfulness Archives


Spanish Transcript: 

La serie deLectio Divina

Lectio Divina

La Lectio Divina desde un punto de vista espiritual
es mas valiosa que la exégesis del texto
porque la exégesis puede convertirse en una ciencia
como cualquier otra.Tu estudias la raíz del significado 
de las palabras. Esto es valioso como estudio y para
entender el significado literal,
pero esto no comunica el contexto o el espíritu
en el cual estas palabras están contenidas originalmente,
que pueden estar reflejando matices de la experiencia espiritual
que la raíz de las palabras no transmiten o
necesariamente comunican


Quiero escuchar lo que dice el Señor
… el Amor y la verdad se encontrarán;
la justicia y la paz se besarán.
De la tierra está brotando la Verdad;
y del cielo asoma la justicia.
Salmo 85: 9, 11


Selecciones de las obras del Padre Thomas Keating para estudio adicional
sobre la naturaleza del amor divino que fluye de la unión divina:


La Práctica Clásica de la Lectio Divina Monástica,’ Contemplative Outreach website

 El Proceso de la Lectio Divina, Intimidad con Dios

El Amor y la Trinidad, Con Todo el Corazón: Transformación en Cristo


For more information on Heartfulness retreats and programs visit Heartfulness Offerings.
Para los Archivos de El Hábito de Vivir con Todo el Corazón, visite  Archivos de Con Todo el Carazón. (Heartfulness).

How do I learn the method of Lectio Divina?

Lectio Divina can be learned in several ways.  One way is by attending a local Lectio Divina one-day introductory workshop or a weekend or long-term Lectio Divina retreat. In addition, many regular Centering Prayer retreats include some form of community Lectio Divina.

There are also Lectio Divina immersion retreats.  You can search our online calendar to see if there is a workshop or retreat near you.

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