"Lectio Divina", a Latin term, means "divine reading" and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us.
Click the images below to view each months readings. January is the beginning of the series, you may start the Lectio Divina reading series at any time.
- Humbly recognize the Presence of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- Praise and thank Him for His Word and this moment of prayer
- Ask the Holy Spirit for the gift to receive the Word of God as He wills Him to be received
- What does the Word of God say?
- Slowly read the passage with great attention and reverence a few times, aloud if possible
- Notice the words that strike you in a particular way, positively or negatively
- What does the Word of God say to me?
- Think about why those particular words and phrases struck you; how do they apply to you?
- Reflect on your own reactions to the Word; what is God showing you about yourself?
- Write down reflections and insights
- What do I say to God in response to His Word?
- Respond sincerely in a conversation with God as with a friend; talk about what is really in your heart
- Praise, thank, trust Him; ask for forgiveness; intercede, petition for graces
- Be with the Word and rest in God
- Simply spend time with God in adoration Concluding Prayer
- Praise and thank God for the graces received
- Close with Our Father
After Lectio Divina
- Where was I moved most in my prayer?
- Return the next time to the Word of God that moved me and where I found fruit
- What am I resolved to do now that I have received the Word of God?
- Make concrete resolutions about how my life is going to change because of what God has given me