“There is one particular way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit. It is what we call lectio divina. It consists of reading God’s word in a moment of prayer and allowing it to enlighten and renew us.” (from paragraph 152 of EVANGELII GAUDIUM, the Apostolic Exhortation of our Holy Father, Francis)
Lectio divina is part of our Benedictine tradition of prayer. The four dynamics of lectio divina are
- Reading (lectio)
- Meditating (meditatio)
- Praying (oratio)
- Contemplation (contemplatio)
Select here for a short handout explaining these dynamics. It also includes a model for group lectio and visio divina with art related to the Scriptures.
Learn more about lectio divina by reading this article by Father Luke Dysinger OSB.
DAILY MASS READINGS
For your lectio, the Bible and Daily Readings can be found online.
For more information contact:
S. Patricia Heirigs, Oblate Director
Sacred Heart Monastery
1005 West 8th Street
Yankton, SD 57078
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