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.

Sirach 34:13-17

Lively is the courage of those who reverence God,
for they put their hope in their savior;
those who reverence God are never alarmed,
never afraid; for God is their hope.

Happy the souls that reverence God!
in whom do they trust, and who is their support?

The eyes of God are upon those who love;
God is their shield and strong support,
a shelter from the heat, a shade for the noonday sun,
a guard against stumbling, a help against falling.

God buoys up the spirits, brings a sparkle to the eyes,
gives health and life and blessing.

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)