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.

Lent II

Psalm 33

Upright is the word of God
and all Gods works are trustworthy.
God loves justice and right;
of the kindness of God the earth is full.

See, the eyes of God are upon those who fear,
upon those who hope in God's kindness,
to deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.

Our soul waits for God,
who is our help and our shield.

May your kindness, O God, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.

Steps for practicing this prayer form:

  • Read the passage 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)