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)

We, your people, the flock of your pasture will give you thanks forever. We will sing your praise from age to age.

Who longs for a life filled with blessings and many days to enjoy prosperity? Come, beloved, and hear me; learn to cherish God. Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Do not yield to evil but embrace all goodness. Seek and strive for lasting peace.

Do not rely on those in power, for they are mortal. Take their breath, they return to dust; all their plans come to nothing. Happy are they who rely on God who made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all within.

You changed my mourning into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. I shall not cease to praise you, giving thanks forever.

What else have I in the heavens but you? Apart from you I want nothing on the earth. My heart leaps for joy, for you are my portion forever.

"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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