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.

Psalm 15

Who shall dwell with you, O God, and live on your holy mountain?

All those who walk without fault, who act with justice,
speak the truth from their hearts, and do not slander with their tongues,
those who do no wrong to anyone, who cast no discredit on their neighbor,
who keep their pledge, those who make no unjust demands
and accept no bribes, who hold the godless in disdain,
but honor those who reverence God —
such people will stand firm 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)