Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina  (Holy or Divine Reading) is a way of listening to the Holy Spirit. The Benedictine way of reading Scripture focuses on treating Scripture as Living Word instead of just written word. 

Lectio:

Slowly read and re-read a short passage of Scripture asking God to draw your attention to a word or phrase.

Ruminario:

Begin to repeat that word or phrase to yourself (10-20 times). Let the word(s) enter your spirit by slowly, attentively ruminating on it. 

Meditatio:

Receive and reflect on the thoughts, images and feelings that come to you through this word or words. 

Contemplatio:

Rest silently with God. Be quiet and wait for what God is offering you. Be open to God without actively attempting to communicate anything to God.

Oratio:

Honestly express your deepest thoughts, feelings and desires to God. 

simple version

Lectio Divina:

  • Read Psalm 23
  • Slowly read it at least one more time
  • Allow God to give you a word or phrase that catches your eye or your heart
  • slowly repeat that word or phrase
  • Come to a place of silence                                                                -In the silence give God the space to speak to you.                 -After being quiet for several minutes pray your                       thoughts, desires, needs and feelings from this                       meditation to God.                                                                           – In the silences other thoughts will flood into your mind.         * Give them to God as best you can                                               * Return to the word or phrase you have been repeating       * Return to listening to God in silence

practice with scripture

Psalm 23 (NIV)

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.