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 IV

Psalm 23

You are my shepherd, O God;
there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures
where you give me repose.
Near restful waters you lead me,
refreshing my spirit.
You guide me along safe paths;
you are true to your name.
Though I walk in the valley of darkness,
no evil do I fear.
Your rod and staff are comfort to me.
You prepare a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.
My head you anoint with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely, goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.
I shall dwell in your house forever.

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)