Reading (Lectio): Read a Scripture passage listening with the “ear of your heart.” What word of phrase captures your attention? Repeat it gently.
Reflecting (Meditatio): Reflect on and relish the words. Be attentive to what speaks to your heart.
Responding (Oratio): As listening deepens, allow responses to arise spontaneously — praise, thanksgiving, questions, petitions.
Resting in (Contemplatio): Simply “be with” God’s presence as you open to deeper meanings of the Word of God for you.
Practice Lectio Divina after Centering Prayer once a day. You may start with a few minutes of prayer and then expand the time you spend listening to the Word of God as you feel prompted.
If you are attracted to Lectio Divina and the contemplative dimension of Christian teachings and practices and don’t know where to begin, you may find these suggestions useful. Pray for guidance, discernment and wisdom, that you may be clearly guided and drawn by God’s will for you.
Lectio Divina: The Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures
Organized in a 20-day cycle to be repeated twice for a 40-day practice, this booklet includes Scripture passages to use each day for Lectio Divina practice
Lectio Divina: Listening to the Word of God in Scripture
Includes background and guidelines on praying in the manner of Lectio Divina