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)

Those who entrust their cares to you will be sustained, O God. You will never allow the just to stumble.

You raise the poor from their lowliness; you lift the oppressed from the depths. You give dignity to their lives, a place of honor with all the faithful. You renew and strengthen all that lives; you make the empty heart content.

Draw me to you with the breath of love. Let me dwell in your presence and walk in your strength and glory that I may praise you all my days.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your loving spirit be my guide in ways that are level and smooth.

Be merciful to me, Giver of Life; restore my health. Assure me of your love and my foes will not triumph over me. If you uphold me, I shall be unharmed and remain in your presence forever.

I yearn for your saving help; I hope in your word. My eyes yearn to see your promise. When will you comfort me?

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.

O God, you are good and forgiving, full of love for all who call. Listen to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice.

I will sing of your strength and each morning acclaim your love, for you always uphold me in the day of my distress. O my Strength, it is you to whom I turn, for you are my refuge, the God who shows me love.

Glorify the name of the living God. Sing Praise, all you who stand in the holy place.

O God, you have been our refuge; age after age you shelter us. Before the first dawn, before the mountains were born or the seas came to be, you are God, without beginning or end.

Uphold my cause, O God, for I walk in integrity. I trust in you; I shall stand firm. Search me and try me; test my heart and my mind, for your love is before my eyes, and I walk in your truth.

How lovely is your dwelling place, God of Life. I am longing and yearning, yearning for your presence. My whole being cries out to you, to you, the living God.

Let me dwell in your presence forever; hide me in the shelter of your wings. You, O God, hear my prayer. Grant me the blessings of all who honor your name.

Let me dwell in your presence forever; hide me in the shelter of your wings. You, O God, hear my prayer. Grant me the blessings of all who honor your name.

Your love, O God, knows no bounds; your faithfulness is forever. From highest mountain to deepest sea you govern all with wisdom.

O God, come to my aid, make haste to help me!

We shall not fear though the earth should rock, though the waters rage and foam, though the mountains quake at its surging. God is with us; God is our stronghold.

Because of your goodness I hope in you all day long. Remember, your compassion and your steadfast love are from of old. Do not remember the sin of my youth. In your love remember me.

I will bless you, for you give me counsel, even at night you direct my heart. I am always aware of your presence. You are at my side; I shall stand firm.

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.