Praying the Lectio Divina

I couldn’t put in words my experience in praying the Lectio Divina so I thought I will just share with you how to go about it. These slides were shared by Sr. Elena Bossetti, SGBP last Pauline Family Retreat in Tagaytay, Philippines.

Saturday is the best time to pray the lectio using the gospel reading for Sunday.

My personal favorite prayer to the Holy Spirit is

“Come, Holy SPirit, Creator, come,
From your bright heavenly throne;
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all your own.”

Pray it four times, removing the last line each time. It helps you settle and be disposed.

To meditate is to deepen our understanding of the scripture. This can be done by reading parallel text or by simply selecting a word or phrase in the text you are reading and let it speak to you. If you don’t know of scripture text related to your selected reading you might want to search the net before praying the Lectio. Here are some links:

Here’s what Thomas Merton say about contemplation: In reading, we pass from one thought to another, we follow the development of the author’s ideas, and we contribute some ideas of our own if we read well. This activity is discursive. Reading becomes contemplative when, instead of reasoning we abandon the sequence of the author’s thoughts in order not only to follow our own thoughts (meditation), but simply to rise above thought and penetrate into the mystery of truth which is experienced intuitively as present and actual.

Sharing maybe an occasion for new insights for you and those listening.

These choices may be about your way of relating to God, your community, and the environment.

Thank you for including me in your prayers.


2 thoughts on “Praying the Lectio Divina

  1. galing naman lines. how did you do that? thank you for the well of ideas and sustained enthusiasm… God keep blessing you with more.

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