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)

"For the poor who are oppressed and the needy who groan, I myself will arise," says God. "I will grant them the freedom for which they long."

You, O God, search the mind and know the depths of the heart. The just will understand your deeds and seek refuge in you. All upright hearts will rejoice and sing of your glory.

O God, I call for help by day; at night I seek your presence. Let my prayer come before you. Turn, hear my pleading.

Search me and try me; test my heart and my mind, for your love is before my eyes, and I walk in your truth.

You, O God, are kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. You are good to all, compassionate to all your creatures.

God takes delight in the faithful and abundantly blesses the poor.
They will rejoice in glory. In peace, they will rest secure.

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