Practice Lectio Divina

Lectio divina, Latin for “divine reading,” is an ancient method of praying to promote union with God. It is slow, non-product oriented, contemplative, and filled with silence. Its outward appearances might be a gentler spirit, a passionate heart, greater compassion, love and peace-making. Consider making lectio divina part of your day every day.
Steps for practicing this prayer form:
  • Read the passage below slowly with attention, savoring each word. (lectio)
  • Reflect on the meaning and message of the text for you. (meditatio)
  • Pray with reverence and gratefulness. (oratio)
  • Rest in God’s abiding presence. (contemplatio)
  • Be a prophetic witness in the world. (actio)

I am filled with awe at the sight of the heavens, the sun, moon, and stars which you set in place. Who are we that you care for us?

God indeed is my security;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage
are in God.

With joy Israel will draw water
at the fountain of salvation
and say on that day:

Give thanks and acclaim
the name of God.
Sing praise
for God's glorious achievements.
Let this be known
throughout all the earth.

Shout with exultation,
O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the God of Israel!

Isaiah 12:2-6

Let us see your mercy,
and give us your saving help.

I will hear what you have to say,
a voice that speaks of peace,
peace for your chosen ones,
those who open their hearts.
Help is near for all who believe in you.
Glory will dwell in our land.

To you, O God, I lift up my soul.

Your ways make known to me.
Guide me in your truth, / teach me.
You are the God of my salvation.

I thank you, God, for your justice.
I praise your name unceasingly.

Give me a humble sincere heart!

Heed your own hearts counsel;
for what have you that you can depend on more?

Your conscious can tell you your situation
better than seven watchers in a lofty tower.

Most important of all,
pray to God to set your feet in the path of truth.

Let those you protect be glad
and ring out their joy.
You shelter those who love your name;
in you they rejoice.

You bless the just;
you surround them with favor.

Lively is the courage of those who reverence God,
for they put their hope in their savior;
those who reverence God are never alarmed,
never afraid; for God is their hope.

Happy the souls that reverence God!
in whom do they trust, and who is their support?

The eyes of God are upon those who love;
God is their shield and strong support,
a shelter from the heat, a shade for the noonday sun,
a guard against stumbling, a help against falling.

God buoys up the spirits, brings a sparkle to the eyes,
gives health and life and blessing.

Serve God in awe and reverence,
giving honor and praise,
so that you do not perish from the just way.
Happy are all who put their trust in God.

Age to age shall proclaim your works,
shall declare your wonderful deeds.
They shall acclaim your splendor and glory
and tell of your wondrous works.

It is God who grants favors
and hears me whenever I call.

Stand in awe;
do not sin.

Be still;
reflect in the night.

Make justice your sacrifice
and trust in God.

They are like trees
planted beside flowing waters.
They yield fruit in due season;
their leaves are ever green.
All that they do prospers.

Happy indeed are those
who follow not the counsel of the wicked
nor linger in the way of sinners
nor sit in the company of the arrogant,
but instead delight in God's law
both day and night.

Christians to the Paschal Victim,
offer your thankful praises.

A Lamb redeems the sheep;
Christ, who is sinless, reconciles sinners to our Creator.
Life and death fought together in great combat.
The Sign of Life, who died, reigns immortal.

Tell us, Mary, what you saw on your way.
"I saw the tomb of the living Christ,
the glory of Jesus' resurrection.
The angels gave witness to the empty shroud.
Christ, my hope, is risen from the dead;
he goes before us into Galilee."

We know that Christ is risen from the dead,
our new life obtaining.
Have mercy on us, victorious one.
Amen Alleluia!

Aleph:
How the gold has grown dim; how the pure gold is changed!
The holy stones lie scattered at the head of every street.

Beth:
The precious children of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold,
are reckoned as earthen pots, the work of a potter's hands.

Heth:
The steadfast love of God never ceases, mercies never come to an end,
they are new every morning; great is this faithfulness.
"God is my portion, therefore my hope will not be in vain."

Teth:
God is good to those who wait; to those who do not waver.
It is good that we should wait quietly for the salvation of God.
It is good for us that we bear the yoke in our youth.

(Lamentation 4:1,2; 3:22-27)

Good Friday Lamentation
Heth:

God determined to lay in ruins the wall of the daughter of Zion;
marked it off by the line; restrained not from destroying;
caused rampart and wall to lament, they languish together.

Teth:

Her gates have sunk into the ground;
God has ruined and broken her bars;
her ruler and leaders are among the nations;
the law is no more,
and her prophets obtain no vision from God.

Aleph:

I am the one who has seen affliction under the rod of God's wrath;
God has driven me and brought me into darkness
without any light;
against me alone God turns again and again the whole day long.

Beth:

God has made my flesh and my skin waste away,
and broken my bones;
has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation;
has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago.

(Lamentation 2:8-9; 3:1-6)

Gospel of John 12:32
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.

When I am lifted up from the earth
I will draw everyone.
I will draw everyone.
I will draw everyone to myself.

2002, Bob Hurd, OCP Publ.

I offer you peace.
I offer you love.
I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty.
I hear your need.
I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from
the Highest Source.
I salute that Source in you.
Let us work together
for unity and love.

Gandhi

Holy are you, O God! Holy is your name! You are the Eternal One. We praise your great name.

Showers, dew, and rain, sing praise forever.
Breezes, storms, and all winds, sing praise forever.
Fire, heat, and cold, sing praise forever.
Frost, ice, and snow, sing praise forever.
Give glory and eternal praise forever!

All you works of God, sing praise forever.
All creatures of the earth, sing praise forever.
All the earth and skies above, sing praise forever.
Sun, stars, and moon, sing praise forever.
Give glory and eternal praise to God!

The heavens declare your glory, O God, and the firmament proclaims your works.

In your midst I will lift my voice in praise.

As long as the sun and moon give light, may your anointed be blest forever. Every nation shall be blest.

Draw me to you with the breath of love.
Let me dwell in your presence
and walk in your strength and glory
that I may praise you all my days.

You changed the procession of times and seasons,
you give wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who understand.

Sing psalms to God who dwells in Zion.
Proclaim the works of the Holy One,
for the cry of the poor is not forgotten.

Your wonders and designs
are beyond imagining;
you have no equal, O God.
Should I proclaim your blessings,
they are more than I can tell.

The earth and its fullness,
the world and all its people belong to God.
It is God who set it on the seas;
on the waters it was made firm.

Let Israel rejoice in its maker;
let all of Zion exult in the Holy One.
Let them praise God's name with dancing,
making music with timbrel and harp.

The earth has yielded its fruit,
for you, O God, have blest us.
Pour out your blessings
on all who acclaim you.

Your ways are true, all of them just;
your words, purest gold.
You are my refuge.
I take shelter in you.

Those who walk in the way of integrity shall be welcomed.

Happy the people who acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence.

To you, O God, I will sing a new song;
on the ten-stringed lute I will play.

Should mountains mingle with the waves,
should rocks melt like wax before you,
you would still be merciful
to those who reverence you.

Give me life that I may praise you.
May your decrees ever guide me.

God, the creator of the heavens, the designer and maker of the earth says: "I am God, there is no other. I have not spoken in secret nor from some dark place of the earth. I have not said to Israel, 'Look for me in chaos.' I promise justice; I speak truth."

My lips will speak words of wisdom, for my heart is full of insight. I seek to understand the truth and unfold the mystery to the sound of the harp.

Though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines, though the yield of the olive fail and the fields produce no nourishment, though the flocks disappear from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet will I rejoice and exult in God who alone is my strength, who makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights, singing psalms of praise.

Sing to God a song, a hymn of praise newly written.

Who is the Glorious One? The God of life and blessing, the Creator of all that is!

Listen, my people, to my teaching; incline your ear to the words of my mouth. I will speak to you in a parable and reveal the mysteries of the past.

You are the strength of the oppressed, their refuge and hope. Those who know your name trust in you. You answer all who seek your help.

O God, you hear the cry of the poor and strengthen their hearts.

Blest is your name, O God, for all wisdom belongs to you.

Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it. - Thomas Merton

Our true self is anchored in Christ.
The more Christ-like we become,
the more we are our true selves.

Thomas Merton

Dare to declare who you are.
It is not far from the shores of silence
to the boundaries of speech.
The path is not long,
but the way is deep.
You must not only walk there,
you must be prepared to leap.

Scivias - Hildegard of Bingen

Blest are you, O God. You are my love, my refuge, you fill me with strength.

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