My Lectio Divina Notes

Fr. Jacques Philippe’s Lectio Divina Tips

  • Recollect yourself in God’s presence:
      • spiritually – to be sitting at our Lord’s feet ready to listen to his word, to be in the present moment (Lk 10:38-42).
      • physically – close our eyes, relax body, aware of breathing, physical contact with Word of God.
  • Turn your heart to God:
      • thank Him for this opportunity
      • ask Him for light & to open our minds to understand Scripture as Jesus did to disciples (Lk 24)
      • ask that His word will convert us, reveal our weaknesses, transform us, stir up our desires.
  • Read the Word:
      • Open our eyes, read slowly.
      • Meditation = murmur, repeat, ruminate on the Word.
      • Write down any words that struck you in notebook.
  • Enter into dialogue with God
      • If grace given too, enter into contemplative prayer, simple wonder & admiration at the beauty of what God makes us discover through this text.
  • Finish:
      • thank God for this time, ask for the grace to keep this Word in our hearts, resolve to put it into practice.

Ultimate goal of Lectio = not to read lots of Scripture, but to lead us as far as possible into the attitude of contemplative wonder, which nourishes our faith, hope and love – a simple loving presence before the mystery revealed to us in the text.

Fr. Abbot John’s Lectio Divina Outline

  1. Begin with prayers to Mary & Holy Spirit
  2. Read very slowly — as if savouring every word.
  3. Read as if you encountered the word for the first time — with openness, eager to be surprised, to listen. Read for its own sake without rushing.
  4. Read as if for the last time, with focus, with desire.
  5. Pause and reflect on a word(s), or phrase or image that stirs the heart or mind or senses.
  6. Allow the word to penetrate the heart more than the mind, evoking a personal response (of praise, love, repentance or prayer etc.) from you.
  7. Before you end, thank God, just for the privilege of being able to listen and obey His Word of love, of truth, of grace for you.

Verbum Domini Outline for Lectio Divina

  1. Lectio = to understand the true context of the reading… what does the biblical text say in itself?
  2. Meditatio = let yourself be moved and challenged… what does the biblical text say to us?
  3. Oratio = prayer, as petition, intercession, thanksgiving & praise, is the primary way by which the word transforms us… what do we say to the Lord in response to his word?
  4. Contemplatio = during which we take up, as a gift from God, his own way of seeing & judging reality, and ask ourselves… what conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of us?
  5. Actio = the process of Lectio DIvina is not concluded until it arrives at action (actio), which moves the believer to make his life a gift for others in charity.

When you read the Bible, God speaks to you; when you pray, you speak to God”~ St. Augustine

When we take up the sacred Scriptures in faith and read them with the Church, we walk once more with God in the garden.” ~ St Ambrose

“When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy & the delight of my heart” ~ Jeremiah 15:16

The mere fact of meditating on God’s Word many times over, slowly and calmly, ends up, by God’s mercy and grace, enflaming our hearts!” – Father Matta El Maskine

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