About Lectio Divina
The simple prayer practice of Lectio Divina takes us through four movements, as we are drawn closer to God through each prayerful reading of the chosen passage.
Make yourself comfortable in a place that is as free from interruptions as possible. Begin with silence for a few minutes, humbly asking God to quiet your heart and make you aware that you are in His loving presence.
When you are ready, begin reading and praying through the four movements, described inside with both the Latin and English word that summarizes each one. With time and practice, these movements will become so simple and easy, because they flow naturally from one to the other.
Lectio Divina Guide
Lectio (READ): On the first reading, simply open yourself to the presence of God. Read the passage slowly and prayerfully, allowing short pauses between sentences. As you read, take in the words and the overall flow of the passage. Also allow yourself to be puzzled, confused, or even disturbed by what you read. Certainly the disciples were sometimes confused or disturbed by things Jesus said. But then allow yourself a time of silence and ask God to help you hear the message that is important for you to hear.
Meditatio (REFLECT): On the second prayerful reading of the passage, listen for a particular word or a phrase through which God wants to speak to you. You will notice your attention being drawn to something (or if this doesn't happen, just choose a word). Once you have "received" the word or phrase, begin to silently meditate on that. Reflect on why God would highlight this for you today, ask any questions that come to mind, and note things that seem important as you meditate on what God has given you. Remember that the focus is on listening to what God has to say to you.
Oratio (RESPOND): On the third prayerful reading of the passage, listen now for God's invitation, and respond from your heart. The Living God is always inviting us in some way... to let go of something, or to take up something; to do something or be something… the invitation can take innumerable forms. Following the reading, continue to listen for God’s invitation and then respond silently or out loud from an honest heart.
Contemplatio (REST): The focus of the fourth prayerful reading of the passage is to simply rest now in the love that God has for you. Let the words wash over you- there is no further need to reflect or respond- allow God's Spirit to draw you close and fill you with love, grace, and peace. Linger in this place of deep connection, for you are being filled and refreshed for your continuing journey.