Praying with Scripture
1. Ask God for the grace to hear His Word. READ
the passage twice. Read it aloud.
2. During the second reading, pause whenever
you feel moved to do so and REFLECT on a word, a sentence or an image
that strikes you.
- (You will feel drawn to something, or the
words will seem to stand out in someway, or have new meaning, or you
eyes will be drawn to them, or your imagination will "take off" on an
image, or you will find yourself thinking a bit more about a particular
idea that springs from the text.)
3. SPEAK directly to God and open your
reflection to Him.
- (This is the Oratio or Prayer part of
the Lectio Divina. God has directed your attention to the reflection
and wants you to share it with Him. In other words, He has "spoken" to
you by drawing you to this part of the text. It is His message to you
and you need to talk with Him about it.)
4. LISTEN for any response God might choose to
make. Remember that God responds to us at times with loving
- (This is the Contemplation step. Resting in
the Lord can be an important act. We are saying this time is His to use
as he wishes. It is an act of faith in his love and presence. Words are
vehicles of communication, but they are separate from ourselves. We
simply present ourselves in silence, openly, to His love without
something in between us. He may just give us silent acceptance, or He
may sent a sense of His love, or even joy. This is time to simply
"listen" in a nonverbal way with our emotions and with an alert but
Repeat this pattern as you move through the
text. There is no hurry. Let the Word take hold of you.
From a presentation of Rev.
Parenthetical remarks are from Rev. Roger Smith.
A book recommended by Fr. Noah Casey
and described as "very readable" is Sacred Reading: The Ancient
Art of Lectio Divina by Michael Casey, OSCO. Triumph Books,
Ligouri, Mo. 1996. Also reommended, Too Deep For Words:
Rediscovering Lectio Divina by Thelma Hall, re. Paulist Press.