Daniel Harrington

PRAYER: Lectio Divina by Daniel J. Harrington

November 18, 2013

From Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics On Traditional Devotions, James Martin, editor Lectio divina is Latin for “spiritual reading.”  It is a method of reading and praying on scripture and other classics of spirituality like Augustine’s Confessions and The Imitation of Christ.  It has deep roots in the history of monasticism.  There are four basic steps in lectio divina: reading (What does this text say?); meditation (What does this text say to me?); prayer (What do I want to say to God through this text?); and contemplation or action (What difference might this text make in my life?). The text to be read can be long or short.  And the full process of “reading” could take fifteen minutes or be [...]