Lectio Divina

LECTIO DIVINA: John 16:16-20

November 8, 2016

From Order of Carmelites 1) Opening Prayer Lord God, our Father, you are not far away from any of us, for in you we live and move and exist and you live in us through your Holy Spirit. Be indeed with us, Lord, send us your Holy Spirit of truth and through him deepen our understanding of the life and message of your Son, that we may accept the full truth and live by it consistently. We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 2) Gospel Reading – John 16:16-20 Jesus told to his disciples: “In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean, ‘In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later [...]

PRAYER: Lectio Divina And The Angelic Way by Rami Shapiro

July 16, 2016

From The Angelic Way At the heart of this book is the intuition that we are part of God, and the notion that myths regarding angels are designed to remind us of that.  The stories of angels descending to Earth and taking on human form, the stories of humans ascending to Heaven and becoming angels, the stories of humans ascending to Heaven to see God, and the stories of humans ascending to Heaven and then returning to Earth to guide humanity are all pointing to a single truth: humanity and God belong to a singular reality, and each has the capacity to reach the other. In other words, the relationship between humanity and God is analogous to that between the positive and negative poles of a magnet.  A magnet cannot be a magnet without [...]

LECTIO DIVINA: The Way Of Friendship by M. Basil Pennington

December 4, 2014

From Lectio Divina This question is often raised at workshops and retreats: “What should I read at my lectio?  How do I know what text to use?” As Saint Paul told Saint Timothy: “All scripture inspired by God is useful for teaching and refutation, for correction and putting us in the way that is right with God, for communication and communion.”  For our lectio we can use any text of scripture we want.  Some like to open the Bible at random to see what the Lord has to say to them today.  This is fine, though we should avoid all superstitious attitudes, looking for the Lord to give us through the Bible infallible answers to particular questions.  That is not usually his way.  He has given us a mind to use and [...]

PRAYER: Seven Principles Of Lectio Divina by Michael Casey

December 2, 2014

From The Undivided Heart: The Western Monastic Approach to Contemplation Experience confirms that the most ordinary cause of “dryness” or “staleness” in prayer is a defect in genuine spiritual reading.  Without consistent intake of the Word of God, prayer never comes naturally and interest in prayer declines.  On the other hand, the first step in any program to revitalize the practice of prayer is always a renewed contact with God’s Word. However, many people continue to experience such dryness even though they do devote regular periods to spiritual reading.  This is usually due to the fact that the reading is not done in such a way as to provoke prayer.  If no distinction is made between the manner in [...]

PRAYER: How To Practice Lectio Divina by Christine Valters Paintner

December 1, 2014

From: Lectio Divina – The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer First Movement – Lectio: Settling & Shimmering Begin by finding a comfortable position where you can remain alert and yet also relax your body.  Bring your attention to your breath and allow a few moments to become centered.  If you find yourself distracted at any time, gently return to the rhythm of your breath as an anchor for your awareness.  Allow yourself to settle into this moment and become fully present. Read your selected scripture passage or other sacred text once or twice through slowly and listen for a work or phrase that feels significant right now, is capturing your attention even if you don’t know why. [...]

PRAYER: The Meaning Of Prayer by Dom I. Ryelandt

March 17, 2014

From The Quest for God The secret of the serene grandeur of Saint Benedict’s moral outlook and of the perfect balance of his doctrine is to be found in the habitual elevation of his soul to God.  Saint Benedict was a man of prayer. Every disciple of the Patriarch, even though he be living in the world, must have the earnest desire to supernaturalize his personal life by prayer. Too often Christians think of prayer as being simply a hasty recitation of sacred formulas.  Through routine they fail to realize what an honor it is for man to be able to enter into relations with God, to converse with him. It may be a help to us in our effort to raise up our hearts to God if we consider what are the necessary elements of all prayer.  To pray [...]

THE CHURCH YEAR: Candlemas/Presentation Of The Lord by Kathleen Norris

February 3, 2014

From The Cloister Walk And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold the child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35) The darkness is still with us, O Lord.  You are still hidden and the world which you have made does not want to know you or receive you.  You are still the hidden child in a world grown old.  You are still obscured by the veils of this world’s history, you are still destined not to be acknowledged in the scandal of your death on the cross.  But I, O hidden Lord of all things, boldly affirm my faith in you.  In confessing [...]

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 [...]

PRAYER: Ways Of Praying (2) — The Prayer of Desire (includes Lectio Divina) by Andrew Dreitcer

January 28, 2013

From Prayer Practices for the Way of Peace: Choosing Peace Through Daily Practices, edited by Ellen Ott Marshall (This is a continuation of a piece, the first part of which was posted on an earlier date.) As I have suggested, the Christian tradition has developed a richness of prayer.  There may be a form of prayer for every sensibility.  In this section, I present a number of ways of praying that may be practiced in order to help form an interior foundation for peace in oneself and in the world. The Prayer of Desire Christian pray-ers throughout the ages have insisted that prayer begins with desire, with longing.  According to Ann and Barry Ulanov, “We long for contact, for connection at the center, that grounding that brings [...]

PRAYER: Prayer Practices For the Way of Peace (part 1) by Andrew Dreitcer

December 22, 2012

From Choosing Peace Through Daily Practices, Ellen Ott Marshall, Editor Prayer is not so much formally addressing God with a list of requests as it is acknowledging that our connection to God is absolute, and unending, and urgent.  (Prayers for Courage: Words of Faith for Difficult Times, Melissa Tidwell) Recently, as I was marching with tens of thousands of others to protest the war in Iraq, I was forced to face what it means for me to be a person of peace, a bearer of peace, a builder of peace.  My reflections evoked two memories, from the street and from the monastery. A MEMORY FROM THE STREET A little over twenty years ago, the U.S. military buildup of the 1980s was beginning to impact the national psyche.  A seminary student at the [...]

PRAYER: Lectio Divina by Macrina Wiederkehr

July 9, 2012

From: A Tree Full of Angels. To encourage you to make this prayer process your own, I will review for you now the Lectio Divina process that I use for my prayer.  Be as original and creative in your own process as you wish.  Let God lead you in this prayer. 1.  I begin with reading, if necessary or desired.  Ordinarily, I select a specific book of Scripture, a Gospel, or a letter.  I often use the Psalms.  I read a little each day.  Since my goal is not to get finished, it often takes several months to complete the specific work I am praying with.  There are times when the readings from the daily liturgy speak so strongly to me that I choose to use those for my Lectio.  I have no set plan that is so rigid it cannot be put aside [...]