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.

 

Like Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina cultivates contemplative prayer. Unlike Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina is a participatory, active practice that uses thoughts, images and insights to enter into a conversation with God.

Lectio Divina

The Guidelines

 

1

Reading (Lectio): Read a Scripture passage listening with the “ear of your heart.” What word of phrase captures your attention? Repeat it gently.

2

Reflecting (Meditatio): Reflect on and relish the words. Be attentive to what speaks to your heart.

3

Responding (Oratio): As listening deepens, allow responses to arise spontaneously -- praise, thanksgiving, questions, petitions.

4

Resting in (Contemplatio): Simply “be with” God’s presence as you open to deeper meanings of the Word of God for you.

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