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A guide to Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina, Latin for divine reading, is an ancient practice designed to immerse us in Scripture. Lectio Divina involves reading a text from Scripture multiple times and allowing the Holy Spirit to open our hearts to God’s message. Here is a brief guide to help you get the most out of the next few days.

Preparing to Pray

To begin, find a time of day where you are free from distraction.
You may wish to light a candle or some incense to mark this time as sacred.
Breathe deeply and get comfortable, if you are doing this at the end of the day you may want to stretch out the tension of the day.

Step One : Lectio (Read)

Read through (or listen to) the passage of the day slowly for the first time.
What particular word, phrase, or image stands out to you?
You may wish to jot it down .

Step Two : Meditatio (Reflect)

Listen or read the text for a second time, focusing again on the part or parts that stood out to you.  
What might God be saying to you?

Step Three : Oratio (Respond)

Read (or listen to) the text for a third time, and then begin a conversation with God. 
You could journal your thoughts, or simply pray in silence if you prefer, but talk with God about how the text resonated with you.

Step Four : Contemplatio (Rest)

Read the text for a final time, and spend time in silence with the Lord. Allow God to speak to you in the silence of your heart. 
If you become distracted, don’t get agitated: just draw your attention back to the Scripture passage and be still once again.

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