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.

Scholastica

LISTEN TO THE PRECEPTS OF YOUR TEACHER;
INCLINE THE EAR OF YOUR HEART.

Hosea 2:20-22

On that day I will make a covenant
with the beasts of the field,
with the birds of the air,
and with all that crawls on the earth.

Bow and sword and war
I will destroy from the land,
and I will let them take their rest in security.

I will espouse you to myself forever.
I will espouse you with integrity and justice,
in tenderness and mercy.
I will espouse you in fidelity,
and you shall know that I am God.

LISTEN TO THE PRECEPTS OF YOUR TEACHER;
INCLINE THE EAR OF YOUR HEART.

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)