LECTIO DIVINA
"Lectio Divina", a Latin term, means "divine reading" and describes a way of reading
the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our agenda and open ourselves to what
God wants to say to us.  

There are four stages in this way of praying, namely:
•  Lectio (Reading) where we read the Word of God slowly and reflectively so that
it sinks into us.
•  Meditatio (Reflection) where we think about the text (passage from Scripture) and
meditate upon it so that we take from it what God wants to give us.
•  Oration (Prayer/Response) where we leave our thinking aside and simply let our
hearts speak to God.
•  Contemplatio (Rest) where we let go not only our own ideas, plans and meditations but
also our holy words and thoughts. We simply rest in the Word of God. As we listen,
we are gradually transformed from within. This transformation will have a profound
effect on the way we actually live and the way we live is the test of the authenticity of
our prayer. We must take what we read in the Word of God into our daily lives

The movement of this prayer is towards silence. This kind of prayer has been a fruitful
source of growing in relationship with Christ.
[Source: www.ocarm.org/en/content/lectio/what-lectio-divina]

Are you interested? Join us on Tuesday evenings @ 7:00 PM in the rectory.
You don’t have to bring anything but yourself.

For additional information concerning the
Lectio Divina Prayer Foundation, click here.
"...lectio divina has no goal other than
that of being in the presence of God
by praying the Scriptures."
from www.prayerfoundation.org/lectio_divina.htm

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