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.

Remember Hiroshima - Pope John Paul II

To remember the past is to commit oneself to the future.
To remember Hiroshima is to abhor nuclear war.
In the face of calamity that every war is,
one must affirm again and again,
that the waging of war is not inevitable or unchangeable.
Humanity is not destined to self-destruction.

(Pope John Paul II - Appeal for Peace - February 25, 1981)

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)