The method of lectio divina, sacred reading, was formulated in the 1100’s by Guigo, a Carthusian monk, as a prayerful way to help one to better understand the mysteries of the Bible and to deepen a relationship with God. Despite its simplicity, or because of it, the regular practice of lectio divina provides immense graces.
- Reading — Select a brief passage from the Bible and read it slowly, allowing the Word of God to penetrate one’s mind.
- Meditation — Think about the Scripture and the particular meaning being given.
- Response — As inspired by the Bible passage, converse with God about the movements of one’s heart and mind.
- Contemplation — Put aside deliberate thoughts, ideas, and machinations. Attentively and simply rest in the presence of the Lord.