Practice 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.
Steps for practicing this prayer form:
  • Read the passage below 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)

Truly I have set my heart in your quiet peace. I am nurtured by your loving care.

God changes desert into streams, thirsty ground into springs of water. There God settles the needy to build a city of their own.

Blest are you who honor God and walk in the ways of the Holy One!

How great is your goodness, O God, bestowed on those who love you, reserved for those who trust you, poured out in the sight of all.

In the beauty of holiness, like dew from the womb of the morning, in silence and mystery, I have begotten you.

Let everything that has breath burst into shouts of joy. With resounding cymbals and drums, let all sing praise to God.

My soul waits for you; I count on your word. My soul longs for you more than the sentry for daybreak.

My soul waits for you; I count on your word. My soul longs for you more than the sentry for daybreak.

Do not abandon me, O God! Be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help!

Teach me your ways that I may follow them faithfully. Give me discernment that I may observe your law and keep it with all my heart.

I thank you for your faithful love which is beyond all understanding. On the day I called, you answered; my strength and courage you renew.

O God, you are the source of all blessings; you sustain us in life itself. At your holy name, all people, all creation, stand in awe.

In your presence is the beauty of holiness. All who dwell there give you praise. Through never-ending ages, let the glory of your name resound.

Day unto day pours out the story; night unto night makes known the beauty. Without a word, without a sound, without a voice being heard, their message fills all the earth, resounding to the ends of the universe.

Justice shall flourish in those days, a profound peace from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth, until the moon shines no more.

Commit your life to God, and justice will dawn for you. Your integrity will shine like the noon-day sun. Be still before God and wait in patience.

Listen, my people, to my warning. O Israel, if only you would hear me! I am your God. You may worship no other.

Send your light and your truth; let these be my guide. Lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. In your presence I will find joy. I will give praise to you, praise and thanks with the harp.

Let praise be your sacrifice, keeping the vows you made to me. Call on me in the day of distress. I will free you and you shall honor me.

Happy are they who seek you with all their hearts. Never doing evil, they walk in your ways.

God protects the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.

Give thanks to God upon the harp; with a ten-stringed lute chant praise. Sing a song that is new; play gladly with all your skill.

I am filled with awe at the sight of the heavens, the sun, moon, and stars which you set in place. Who are we that you care for us?

God is eternal! Let earth rejoice; let distant shores and isles be glad. The Holy One is clothed in glory, set firm in justice and truth.

I will announce the decree of the Holy One who said to me, "You are mine. It is I who have begotten you this day ... "

O God, you are my saving light; in your presence I am not fearful. You protect my life, freeing me from fear.

God is the strength of all the faithful, of all who draw near.
Hearts will be comforted, spirits renewed.
To the God of Blessing,
let the glory of praise resound.

Tell all those of future generations that such is God who saves,
who lives forever and always, the One who guides us in safe paths.

I have called to you, O God; come quickly to help me!
Hear my voice when I cry to you.

Justice shall flourish in those days, a profound peace from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth, until the moon shines no more. Enemies shall fall, and hate shall be no more.

May peace endure like the sun and the moon, from age to age, and descend like rain on the meadow, like showers watering the earth.

May the mountains echo peace and the hills justice. May your anointed defend the poor and save the children of the needy.

Let the nations be glad and rejoice, for you govern the world with justice. With fairness you care for the people. The nations on the earth you guide. Let the peoples praise you, O God. Let all the peoples praise you.

Simeon said to Mary: "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted - and you, Mary, a sword will pierce - so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

How beautiful ... God has shown great strength before the eyes of all the nations. All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God ... How beautiful!

Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host, praising God and saying "Glory to God in the highest heavens. Peace on earth to those on whom God's favor rests."

The people who walked in darkness have see a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.

The people who walked in darkness have see a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.

The people who walked in darkness have see a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.

In you, O God, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me, free me from oppression; keep your word and save me.

I have resolved, O God, to keep your word. With all my heart I implore your favor; show mercy as you promised.

God, the source of all blessings, is glorious over all the earth. Our inheritance is from God, given to Israel out of love.

Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger of Jerusalem. Shout with a full voice, "here is God!" Yes, here is God, the source of all strength.

Be just with me, as I am just. Put an end to the malice of the wicked! Strengthen the just, O searcher of heart and mind. You are the one who protects me, who saves the upright of heart. You are a just judge, slow to anger.

Have mercy on me, for I am in distress. Tears have wasted my eyes, my throat, and my heart. My life is consumed with sorrow and my years with signs. My strength yields under affliction, and my bones waste away.

Sing to God, giving thanks; sing praises with the harp. God covers the heavens with clouds and prepares rain for the earth, making mountains sprout with grass and plants to serve our needs. Food is provided for the beasts and for young birds that cry to be fed. The strength of horses and warriors means nothing at all. Precious to God are reverence and faithfulness.

The nations surrounded me; with God’s help, I overcame them. Like bees they surrounded me, blazing like raging fire. With God’s help, I overcame them. I was thrust down, thrust down and falling, but God, my strength and my song, raised me up.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. They go out full of tears, bearing the seed for sowing. They come back full of song, carrying their sheaves.

Shout joyfully to God, all you on earth, and proclaim God’s name. Render glorious praise; say to the God of all life, “How tremendous your deeds! Because of the greatness of your strength your enemies yield to you. Before you all the earth shall bow, shall sing to you, sing to your name!”

I bless you, O God, for you have heard my cry. You are my strength and my shelter; in you my heart trusts. My heart rejoices; with song I give you praise.

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