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Lectio Divina

  • is prayerful reading and responding to Scripture 
  • guides us to a personal relationship with God
  • develops spontaneously with practice and contemplation
  • is God speaking to us now through the text we are reading
  • leads to contemplation and continuous prayer
  • involves the four moments of reading, reflecting, responding and resting in God

  • BP: 32, 36, 40, 41, 48, 51, 69
  • OMOH: 20, 29, 30, 138, 139, 141
  • DT& A: 178, 204
  • IL: 86, 137
  • FCP: 13
  • MG: 115, 127, 
  • CF: 6
  • DR: 229, 282, 310

Lectio Divina is the most traditional way of cultivating friendship with Christ. It is a way of listening to the texts of Scripture as if we were in conversation with Christ and He were suggesting the topics of conversation. It provides the conceptual background for the development of Centering Prayer and resting in God in contemplation.

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Lectio Divina is a comprehensive method of communing with God which begins with the reading of a scripture passage. Reflection on the text moves easily into spontaneous prayer (talking to God about what we have read), and finally into resting in the presence of God. Centering Prayer is a way of moving from the first three phases of lectio to the final one of resting in God, the beginning of a life of union with God both in prayer and action.

Lectio Divina leads to a personal relationship with God. It develops spontaneously if we do not get stuck on one of the stages of the process like over-intellectualizing. Lectio Divina and contemplative prayer lead to a transmission of the living Christ beyond words and concepts. The very nature of Lectio Divina is its spontaneity under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


 Reflection: Listening

The word of God speaks to our hearts. Read a passage of scripture. What is God saying to you? Listen!

Reflection: Reflecting

Reflect on the message. “Lord, what do you want me to learn from this passage today?”

Reflection: Responding

Let your heart speak to God. Trust God enough to become emotionally involved.