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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

DIVINE READING....Praying with Scripture!

"The Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word" (Acts 10:44)

Even while we are preoccupied with family, work and leisure, Jesus cries out to us: "Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness" (Mt 6:33). Jesus says that all these concerns and needs we worry about and put before God will be provided for by Him if only we put Him first in our lives (Mt 6:31-34).

Praying with Scripture is a learned discipline. To find the readings for the upcoming Sunday, either read them from your Sunday missalette at Church, or go to  our Home Page and click on "Sunday Readings". We also have an instructional pamphlet on Lectio Divina, which you can obtain through the office, that will direct you in how to begin this wonderfully fruitful form of prayer...actually the ancient form of prayer of the Church.

Lectio: Read the Scripture passage slowly and attentively. Pause after each word, phrase, or sentence that strikes you.

Meditatio: Meditate on the words that nourish you (Lk 1:19; 2:51). Consult Bible footnotes and commentaries if necessary.

Oratio: Pray over your reflections; express your needs to Jesus who dwells in you with the Father and the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:15-17, 23).

Contemplatio: Contemplate God's loving presence and self-revelation by looking upon Him with love. Listen to Him in the depths of your heart as you cherish the truths you are considering. Remain lovingly attentive to Him as long as His grace sustains you. Repeat the Lectio Divina process.