Where to Start: Lectio Divina
Lectio divina is meditating on Sacred Scripture. Spiritual reading of Sacred Scripture, especially the Gospels, is an important form of meditation. This spiritual reading is traditionally called “ lectio divina ” or divine reading. Lectio divina is prayer over the Scriptures.
How do we pray with the Sacred Scriptures? The Four R’s: Read, Reflect, Respond, Rest in the Scripture.
1.READ: The first element of this type of prayer is reading ( lectio) : you take a short passage from the Bible, preferably a Gospel passage and read it carefully, perhaps three or more times. Let it really soak-in.
2.REFLECT: The second element is mediation ( meditatio) . By using your imagination enter into the Biblical scene in order to “see” the setting, the people, and the unfolding action. It is through this mediation that you encounter the text and discover its meaning for your life.
3.RESPOND: The next element is prayer ( oratio ) or your personal response to the text: asking for graces, offering praise or thanksgiving, seeking healing or forgiveness. In this prayerful engagement with the text, you open yourself up to the possibility of contemplation.
4.REST In the Scripture: Contemplation ( contemplatio) is a gaze turned toward Christ and the things of God. By God's action of grace, you may be raised above meditation to a state of seeing or experiencing the text as mystery and reality. In contemplation, you come into an experiential contact with the One behind and beyond the text.
No Bible no breakfast, No Bible no bed.
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